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Ambassador Lyu Jian Delivers New Year Message

  As it is time to ring out the year 2017, I hereby, on behalf of the Chinese Embassy in Thailand, extend my New Year wishes to friends from all circles in Thailand and all overseas Chinese compatriots in Thailand.

  2017 has been an important and memorable year for both China and Thailand. Thailand held a solemn and grand state funeral to bid farewell to late King Bhumibol, who was revered by all people. With its people more united, economy more prosperous and society more stable, Thailand presents the world with a firm and calm image.

  In China, we successfully convened the 19th National Congress of the Communist Party of China (CPC), which established the leadership of the Party Central Committee with Comrade Xi Jinping as the core, formulated an action plan and a blueprint for the development of socialism with Chinese characteristics in the new era, and marked the beginning of a new journey in building a modern socialist country.

  2017 has also been a year in which the relations between China and Thailand develop in depth. President Xi Jinping's special envoy and Vice Premier of the State Council Zhang Gaoli's attendance at the funeral of the Late King reflected Chinese people's deep mourning and high tribute for King Bhumibol. We have seen continuous advancement of pragmatic cooperation between the two countries. The first phase of the China-Thailand railway cooperation project was officially launched, and so was the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) Innovation Cooperation Center (Bangkok). This year, the number of Chinese tourists to Thailand is expected to hit a record high and top 9.5 million. Bilateral cooperation in culture and education and many other fields has been very active. More and more Thai friends are learning Chinese while many Chinese are learning Thai. My wife and I, as well as many of my colleagues at the Embassy, are ready to learn Thai in the new year, and I would like to go around Thailand to further understand this time-honored, beautiful and affluent country.

  In 2018, the prospect of joint development and comprehensive cooperation between China and Thailand is promising. It is believed that under the leadership of His Majesty King Vajiralongkorn, all undertakings in Thailand will achieve even greater development. 2018 is the first year for the implementation of the spirit of the 19th CPC National Congress and the 40th anniversary of China’s reform and opening up. China will, with a more open attitude, enter the stage of high-quality development, providing the world with a big growth market and more opportunities and wider space for China-Thailand cooperation.

  We are ready to work together with Thai friends to synergize China's "Belt and Road” initiative with Thailand 4.0 and the Eastern Economic Corridor (EEC) development plan, and upgrade mutually beneficial cooperation between China and Thailand, in a bid to integrate the two countries into a community of shared interests and shared future based on win-win cooperation and common development, and usher in a better tomorrow for China-Thailand relations.

  May the friendship between China and Thailand last forever and the two peoples be happy!

  Wish you all the best and a Happy New Year!

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