Chinese Premier Keqiang Discussses Visa Exemptions with Thai Parliament
Shortly after Chinese Premier Li Keqiang arrived in Thailand for a three day official visit, Li proposed that Thailand will allow visa exemptions for regular passport holders in a privileged speech in front of the Thai parliament. Thailand, the first country within the ASEAN countries that initiated talks with China to help promote people to people exchange between China and Thailand.
With more than 3 million visitors in for the first eight months in 2013, China was the largest source of tourists in Thailand and increase of 88 percent compared to the 2012. And as of the moment the Thai embassy in Beijing and seven other cities are processing visa applications to Thailand.
Li is also the first foreign leader to address the Thai parliament to discuss economy and trade ties and have assured lawmakers that china will be increasing their trade to Thailand by US$100 billion and promised that China will be purchasing more agricultural produce from Thailand as well. Li also stated that China will give assistance to Chinese entrepreneurs in importing rice products from Thailand, he also said that China is also planning to import rubber from Thailand along with plans to create renminbi clearing banks in Thailand.
Thailand is also the first country to realize the zero traffic that china has on its fruits and vegetables and last year a two way trade was created that reached more than US$ 70 billion in revenues making China Thailand’s biggest export market.