As of October 1st, the reins of the Royal Thai Police were handed over to esteemed Pol General Torsak Sukvimol. Upon taking the helm, he was greeted warmly by Pol Maj-General Wen Yongkang, currently serving as the diplomatic representative and police attaché from the Embassy of the People’s Republic of China, located in the heart of Thailand. Pol Lt-General Achayon Kraithong, the police spokesperson, provided key details of the meeting which took place at the headquarters of the Royal Thai Police.
Wen Yongkang extended his congratulations to Torsak Sukvimol on the noteworthy occasion of his recent appointment as the new police chief of Thailand. The heart of their conversation was centered upon discussing strategies to counter transnational crimes effectively and emphasize safety for the numerous Chinese visitors who grace Thai soil, as narrated by the spokesman.
Since the start of this year, Thailand has seen an influx of more than 2.2 million Chinese tourists. Adding to this, the Thai government recently decided to provide visa-free entry to visitors hailing from China, with an objective to escalate the arrivals to an impressive figure of 5 million by the year-end.
However, the dark shadow of the recent mall shootout in Bangkok hangs heavy, acting as a deterrent for the prospective Chinese tourists. Siam Paragon mall, an epitome of luxury, was jolted by the terrifying reality of a shooting spree carried out by a 14-year-old boy. Tragically, a Chinese tourist was killed, another injured, among three people dead and four injured, making headlines on October 3.
The dialogue between Torsak Sukvimol and the Chinese police attaché dove deep into critical issues as diverse as cyber and telecommunication scams, narcotics, as well as additional transnational crimes, the Thai police spokesman detailed.
Moreover, both parties brainstormed on potential strategies to bolster safety measures for Chinese tourists. Their common goal was aimed to re-establish the eroded trust among the travellers hailing from China. The meeting witnessed active participation from esteemed dignitaries as the assistant police chief Pol Lt-General Samran Nuanma, Special Branch commander Pol Lt-General Apichart Petprasit, and the Royal Thai Police spokesperson.
The underlying foundation of discussions in line with fostering closer cooperation between the two nations mirrors the policy directives of Prime Minister Srettha Thavisin. His main standpoint was clamping down on transnational crimes along with emphasizing safety for Chinese tourists visiting Thailand and boosting their confidence.