China Premier Li Keqiang addresses Thai Parliament
BANGKOK (AP) - Chinese Premier Li Keqiang became the first foreign leader to address Thailand's Parliament in more than a decade on Friday as he began a three-day visit aimed at strengthening ties and seeking business for his country's high-speed railway technology.
Mr Li's speech underscored China's growing influence in Southeast Asia a week after Chinese President Xi Jinping delivered the first speech by a foreign leader to Indonesia's Parliament.
Mr Li told the Thai lawmakers that Thailand and China will boost their trade to US$100 billion (S$125 billion) by the end of 2015 and that China will buy more Thai agricultural produce.
"In the next five years, China will import 1 million tons of rice from Thailand and will also import more rubber," Mr Li said.