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2011/07/15

The year 2010 marked the 35th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between the People's Republic of China and the Kingdom of Thailand. Strategic cooperation between the two countries made steady progress.

The two countries had frequent high-level meetings. In January, President of the National Assembly and Speaker of the House of Representatives Mr. Chai Chidchob visited China. In March, NPC Vice Chairman Yan Junqi attended the 122nd IPU Assembly in Thailand. In April, Her Royal Highness Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn visited China. In June, Deputy Prime Minister Major General Sanan Kajornprasart visited the Shanghai World Expo and Guangdong Province. In July, Her Royal Highness Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn visited the Shanghai World Expo. Deputy Prime Minister Suthep Thaugsuban visited China and toured the Shanghai World Expo. Foreign Minister Kasit Piromya attended the celebrations marking the 35th anniversary of the establishment of China-Thailand diplomatic relations in China. In August, Foreign Minister Kasit Piromya toured the Shanghai World Expo and visited Zhejiang Province. In September, Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva attended the National Pavilion Day of Thailand at the Shanghai World Expo. In November, NPC Chairman Wu Bangguo paid an official goodwill visit to Thailand, which enhanced political mutual trust and deepened mutually beneficial practical cooperation between the two countries. The two sides signed the exchange of letters on China providing Thailand with RMB10 million of humanitarian assistance and several economic cooperation agreements. In November, Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva attended the opening ceremony of the Asian Games in Guangzhou, China. Premier Wen met with him. The two sides reached broad consensus on promoting comprehensive growth of China-Thailand relations. In December, Deputy Prime Minister Sanan Kajornprasart attended the closing ceremony of the Paralympic Games in Guangzhou, China. Foreign Minister Kasit Piromya attended the foundation-laying ceremony of the new Thai consulate-general in Guangzhou.

Cooperation in economic, cultural, educational and military fields continued to grow. In 2010, China-Thailand trade reached US$52.95 billion, an increase of 38.6% over the previous year. In February, cultural activities celebrating the Chinese New Year was held in Bangkok. In August, the two Ministries of Education renewed the Agreement on Mutual Recognition of Academic Degrees and Credentials of Higher Education. In October, the "Strike 2010" Sino-Thai special force anti-terror joint training was held. In November, the "Blue Strike" Sino-Thai marine joint training was held. By the end of 2010, 12 Confucius Colleges and 11 Confucius Classrooms were established in Thailand.

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