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Ambassador Lyu Jian Attended Opening Ceremony of "Maritime Silk Road" Exhibition

  On March 10, Ambassador Lyu Jian attended and addressed the opening ceremony of the "Maritime Silk Road" exhibition in Songkhla Province. About 1,500 people participated in the event including Deputy Prime Minister Wissanu Krea-ngam, Songkhla Governor Dondej Pattanarat, Yala Governor, Chinese Consul General in Songkhla Zhou Haicheng and representatives from the Overseas Chinese Association in Southern Thailand and the Thai public.

  In his speech, Ambassador Lyu stated that China has been promoting the "Belt and Road" initiative in accordance with the golden rule of “extensive consultation, joint contribution and shared benefits” since it was proposed five years ago, attracting world-wide attention with fruitful results. Featuring equality, openness, and inclusiveness, the “Belt and Road”, as a global public good, has become highly attractive and vital. Ambassador Lyu also briefed the attendees about China’s ongoing "Two Sessions". He said that China would be more open and increase its investment in the “Belt and Road” international cooperation in the future. China is confident that, together with other countries, we will make a success of the "Belt and Road" initiative. Our goal is not only to strengthen the physical connectivity of infrastructure, but also to improve the institutional connectivity of policies, rules and standards, and deliver the benefit to the whole world.

  Ambassador Lyu poited out that both the primary partners and the primary beneficiaries of the "Belt and Road" initiative are neighboring countries. As an important neighbor of China, Thailand has a good foundation for cooperation with China in the "Belt and Road", and has achieved remarkable results. The "Belt and Road" cooperation enables Thailand to fully harness its location advantage of connecting Northeast Asia, Southeast Asia and South Asia, and to accelerate its own development relying on the abundant resources, technologies, markets, and labor force in Lancang-Mekong area including China. The vast area in Southern Thailand including Songkhla, like pearls on the "Maritime Silk Road", will give new luster. In the next stage, the two countries can conduct in-depth policy coordination and exchange of experience in state governance and administration, and carry out mutually beneficial cooperation in traditional industries, mid-to-high end manufacturing, robotics, new energy and other fields at a higher level and with higher quality, so as to tap each other’s consumer markets and foster new consumption hot spots. The Chinese government will continue to encourage Chinese enterprises to invest in accordance with the advantages and needs of Southern Thailand. It is believed that as long as the two countires continue to make joint contribution to the building of the "Maritime Silk Road" through extensive consultation, China and Thailand will certainly enjoy a bright future of "Jeen Thai Phee Nong Gan".

  Deputy Prime Minister Wissanu went into details about Songkhla's ties with the Maritime Silk Road and the origin of "Jeen Thai Phee Nong Gan". He said that not only Songkhla, but also the entire Thailand was deeply influenced by China in the history. The influence was reflected in all aspects of Thailand's economic and social life such as language, religion, culture, customs, costumes, and diet. Many Thais are of Chinese descent. "Nong Gan" is only used to describe Thailand's relationship with China, not with any other countries.

  Deputy Prime Minister Wissanu commended Ambassador Lyu Jian for re-emphasizing that China attaches importance to developing relations with neighboring countries and Thailand included. He described the bright prospect of China-Thailand high-speed railway cooperation and Maritime Silk Road cooperation, stressing that China-Thailand cooperation will bring nothing but benefit to Thailand. He encouraged all circles in Songkhla to seriously think about it and give full play to Songkhla's advantages as the gateway of the Maritime Silk Road to ASEAN. In addition, he also pointed out that it is imperative to ensure security and stability in Southern Thailand in order to attract more Chinese investment.


  The "Maritime Silk Road" exhibition was jointly organized by the Chinese Embassy in Thailand, the Chinese Consulate General in Songkhla, the General Prem Tinsulanonda Historical Park and the Songkhla Government at the Historical Park in Songkhla Province. Through the exquisite pictures that show the evolvement of Songkhla and the traces of Chinese history and culture, the exhibition demonstrated the close connection between Songkhla and the ancient Maritime Silk Road and the contribution of overseas Chinese to local development, bringing the splendid history of Songkhla to life and fully reflecting the long history of "Jeen Thai Phee Nong Gan".



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