As Thailand’s government faces the challenge of maintaining a balanced foreign policy amidst intense rivalry between the United States and China, Prime Minister Srettha Thavisin has embarked on key international visits, starting with the 78th Session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA78) in New York. In the U.S., he held talks with national leaders, heads of international organizations, and global company executives such as Tesla’s CEO, Elon Musk. PM Srettha’s upcoming visit to China further reflects the government’s efforts to maintain equilibrium in its relations with both superpowers.
Prime Minister Srettha Thavisin of Thailand is scheduled to visit China from October 810, aiming to discuss ten key topics with the Chinese government to strengthen bilateral ties and enhance ThaiChinese tourism cooperation. The upcoming expiration of the ThaiChinese memorandum of understanding (MoU) on the loaning of Chinese ambassador pandas to Thailand has prompted this discussion.
Thailand has seen an influx of nearly 10 million foreign tourists from January to May 15, contributing approximately 391 billion baht in revenue. The majority of visitors come from East Asia, South Asia, and Southeast Asia. The government anticipates reaching seven million Chinese tourists this year.