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Thailand and China Strengthen Cybersecurity Cooperation

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In a significant move to bolster international cooperation on cybersecurity, Mr Prasert Chandraruangthong, Minister of Digital Economy and Society (DE), welcomed His Excellency, Mr Wang Jingtao, Deputy Minister of the Cyberspace Administration of the People’s Republic of China (CAC), and other representatives from the CAC. The meeting, held in Bangkok, was attended by key Thai officials, including Mr Suthikiat Weerakitpanich, Advisor to the Minister of DE, Mr Wanlop Rujirakorn, Secretary to the Minister of Ministry of DE, Mr Ekphong Rimcharoen, Inspector General of the Ministry of DE, and Air Chief Marshal Amorn Chomloei, Secretary-General of the National Cyber ​​Security Committee (NCMC).

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During the meeting, Minister Prasert highlighted the successes achieved through this collaboration, particularly in addressing and mitigating cyber threats that affect both nations. Minister Prasert emphasised the importance of continued international cooperation to effectively prevent and solve issues related to cybercrime, such as call centre scams that have impacted Thai and Chinese citizens alike.

The discussions underscored the mutual commitment to enhancing cybersecurity knowledge and capabilities. Both sides expressed their enthusiasm for strengthening and developing joint initiatives aimed at combating cyber threats. This collaboration is seen as crucial for protecting digital assets and ensuring the well-being of the populations in both countries.

A significant portion of the dialogue was dedicated to the ongoing issue of call centre scams, which have become a prevalent threat in the digital age. Minister Prasert and Deputy Minister Wang Jingtao agreed on the necessity of a coordinated approach to tackle this issue. They discussed strategies for sharing intelligence, best practices, and technological innovations to dismantle these criminal networks. By working together, Thailand and China aim to create a more secure cyberspace, safeguarding their citizens from these malicious activities.

Before establishing this collaboration, Thailand alone has ensured several strides to tackle the cyber-criminal. As OpenGov Asia has reported in the past few months, Mr Prasert Chandraruangthong, Thailand’s Minister of Digital Economy and Society (DE), unveiled the commendable results of the Anti Online Scam Operation Centre (AOC) 1441 and Trust No One initiative, solely is to protect the cyber environment from the crimes.

During the meeting, Minister Prasert and Deputy Minister Wang Jingtao reaffirmed their commitment to creating a secure and stable digital future for the people of Thailand and China. They recognised that in the rapidly evolving digital landscape, cybersecurity is a cornerstone of national security and economic stability. By pooling their resources and expertise, both nations can more effectively address the complex and dynamic nature of cyber threats.

The meeting concluded with a mutual agreement to continue fostering a strong partnership in cybersecurity. Both sides expressed optimism about the future of their collaboration, confident that their joint efforts will lead to significant advancements in cybersecurity practices and policies. Minister Prasert’s initiative to engage closely with Chinese counterparts demonstrates Thailand’s stance in addressing global cybersecurity challenges.

This strengthened partnership is foreseen to yield tangible benefits, not only in terms of enhanced cybersecurity but also in fostering a broader spirit of cooperation and understanding between Thailand and China. As both countries navigate the digital era, their collaboration will be instrumental in building a resilient and secure cyber environment for their citizens.

By working together, both countries are poised to make significant advancements in cybersecurity, ensuring a safer and more secure digital future for their citizens. As they move forward, their joint initiatives will continue to foster a spirit of cooperation and mutual understanding, reinforcing their positions as leaders in the global effort to combat cybercrime.

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