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Ambassador Lyu Jian and Spouse Attended Welcoming Banquet Hosted by Overseas Chinese in Thailand

  At noon on January 22, Ambassador Lyu Jian and his wife Counselor Pan Peng were invited to the welcoming banquet co-hosted by the Thai-Chinese Chamber of Commerce, the Tio Chew Association and all sectors of overseas Chinese in Thailand. More than 300 people including Mr. Jitti Tangsithipakdee, Chairman of the Thai-Chinese Chamber of Commerce in Thailand, Dr. Sangchai Sotthavarakul, Chairman of the Tio Chew Association in Thailand, and representatives of overseas Chinese in Thailand attended the banquet.

  In his speech, Ambassador Lyu thanked the Thai-Chinese Chamber of Commerce and the Tio Chew Association for organizing all sectors of overseas Chinese to hold the grand welcoming banquet, and for their long-standing support to the Embassy. He extended cordial greetings to the attendants and best wishes for the New Year to all the overseas Chinese in Thailand.

  Ambassador Lyu introduced the historical achievements of China in the past five years and the relevant situation of the 19th National Congress of the Communist Party of China (CPC). He said that over the past five years, China has maintained rapid growth in its economy, accelerated its infrastructure construction and made one achievement after another in its technological innovation. In the just-past year of 2017, China implemented the new development concept, promoted the optimization of economic structure, the conversion of economic driving force and the improvement of quality of economic growth, and the national economy has maintained the momentum of stable and sound development and exceeded the expectation. The improvement of people's well-being has been accelerated and the ecological environment gradually improved. The masses of the people have a stronger sense of fulfillment, happiness and security. China continues to play an important role as stabilizer and promoter in world economic recovery.

  Ambassador Lyu stressed that the 19th CPC National Congress was a meeting of great importance taking place during the decisive stage in building a moderately prosperous society in all respects and at a critical moment as socialism with Chinese characteristics has entered a new era. It established the historical position of Xi Jinping Thought on Socialism with Chinese Characteristics for a New Era, made the major political judgments that socialism with Chinese characteristics has entered a new era and the principal contradiction in Chinese society has changed, and put forward the development strategy in "three steps". The 19th CPC National Congress made it clear that China sticks to the path of peaceful development and promotes the building of a community with a shared future for mankind. China will focus on the "Belt and Road" building and promote the construction of an open world economy.

  Ambassador Lyu said that the convening of the 19th CPC National Congress will enable China to develop in a more comprehensive way and with a higher quality, and will also bring about great opportunities for the development of Thailand. China is willing to share its development experience with Thai friends. First, the two countries should increase discussion in state governance and administration and enhance the complementarity of their development strategies. As developing countries, China and Thailand are at a similar stage of development and face similar development tasks. In the future, the two sides could increase exchanges, and learn from each other in terms of development concepts, strategies and measures, so as to reinforce each other in the course of development. Second, we should implement the Belt and Road initiative with extensive consultation, joint contribution and shared benefits to improve and upgrade the pragmatic cooperation between China and Thailand. As an important cooperative partner of China in co-building the "Belt and Road", Thailand is bound to play an increasingly important role in and benefit from the "Belt and Road" in the long run. Building the "Belt and Road" will provide historical opportunities for the two countries to expand mutually beneficial cooperation, raise cooperation level and improve the quality of cooperation.Third, the two countries should expand cooperation in international and regional affairs and promote the establishment of a community with a shared future in Asia. China and Thailand have always been good partners who support and cooperate with each other in the international stage. At the end of this year, Thailand will take over the rotating presidency of ASEAN. China will actively support Thailand in its work and support Thailand's participation in international and regional affairs. China and Thailand will continue to extend their friendly cooperation from bilateral to multilateral dimensions and jointly contribute to peace and development of the world.

  Ambassador Lyu pointed out that China-Thailand relationship, which is already at a high level, must keep advancing with the times and follow the new strategy, new concepts and new ideas. China and Thailand should upgrade their strategic cooperation and bring more benefits to the two countries and two peoples.

  First, we should strengthen high-level exchanges and further enhance political mutual trust. Close interactions like those between "relatives" between leaders of the two countries have provided strong political support for the development of the bilateral relations. In the future, both sides should carry forward this fine tradition and give full play to the leading role of high-level exchanges in bilateral relations.

  Second, we should promote innovation-driven development and speed up quality improvement and upgrading of the cooperation. Both China and Thailand are faced with great tasks of advancing balanced development of economy and society and promoting economic restructuring and upgrading. In recent years, China and Thailand have formed a number of new growth areas for cooperation in big data, new energy, aerospace, satellite and e-commerce, laying a solid foundation for quality improvement and upgrading of the cooperation. China is willing to encourage capable enterprises to participate in the construction of the Eastern Economic Corridor (EEC) in Thailand, deliver the benefits of China-Thailand railway cooperation to the Thai people, and deepen science-and-technology-oriented cooperation in poverty reduction and modern agricultural cooperation.

  Third, we should take cultural and people-to-people communications to a higher level with "Jeen Thai Pee Nong Gan" as the guiding principle. Both China and Thailand have long history and splendid culture. "Jeen Thai Pee Nong Gan" has taken deep roots in the hearts of both peoples and there is great potential for people-to-people and cultural exchanges between the two countries. Last year, nearly 10 million Chinese tourists came to Thailand. On top of that, we could conduct more frequent and institutionalized exchanges for the public to promote mutual understanding and bring Chinese and Thai people closer. It is necessary to further broaden the channels and discover new ways for education cooperation between China and Thailand so as to promote exchanges between young people of the two countries, and pass on the friendship between China and Thailand to the younger generation.

  Fourth, we should expand common ground and deepen international cooperation in the region. China is ready to work with Thailand to enhance and upgrade China-ASEAN cooperation, push for new progress in Langcang-Mekong cooperation (LMC), jointly champion open and inclusive regional cooperation to uphold the momentum of regional openness and development and promote the building of an Asian community with a shared future. China and Thailand should continue to strengthen coordination and cooperation within the APEC, Asian Cooperation Dialogue, Asia-Europe Meeting and the UN system, and work together to promote international development cooperation and jointly implement the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

  Ambassador Lyu pointed out that the Chinese people are working hard for the realization of the "two centenary goals" and of the Chinese Dream of national renewal. The relations between China and Thailand have already stood at a new historical starting point. The vast number of overseas Chinese have much to contribute in promoting the development of various undertakings in China and Thailand. It is hoped that all overseas Chinese will be friendly messengers for China-Thailand relations, promoters of Chinese culture, participants in jointly implementing the Belt and Road Initiative, and promoters of the peaceful development of cross-Strait relations. It is hoped that all overseas Chinese will make efforts to develop the long-term relations between China and Thailand, pave the way for cultural and people-to-people exchange, push ahead with the "Belt and Road" cooperation projects in Thailand and make contributions to facilitating the development of cross-Strait relations and promoting the great cause of peaceful reunification.

  On behalf of the overseas Chinese organizations in Thailand, Chairman of the Thai-Chinese Chamber of Commerce Jitti Tangsithipakdee welcomed Ambassador Lyu Jian and his wife Counselor Pan Peng to Thailand. He said that Ambassador Lyu is a veteran diplomat with rich experience in diplomacy, and that Ambassador Lyu's understanding of Thailand's national conditions, his deep friendship with the Thai government and the Thai communities will definitely serve the development of friendly relation and cooperation in various fields between China and Thailand. The overseas Chinese organizations will continue to actively support the Embassy, and contribute their shares in improving the friendship and relations between China and Thailand.

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