China-Thailand Friendship Seminar Held Successfully

2008-07-11 22:17:22   China Soong Ching Ling Foundation

From 25 through 30 March 2008, the China-Thailand Friendship Seminar co-sponsored by CSCLF and Chulalongkorn University of Thailand was held in Bangkok, Thailand.

The Seminar has been successfully held for many years. Thanks to the commitment and participation of people of all walks of life both in China and Thailand, it has grown in influence and gradually become an important event for people-to-people exchanges and friendship between the two countries. The Seminar is held once a year to discuss different theme of topics to the interest of the general public and research subjects of the sponsors.

The theme for the 2008 Seminar was "Embarking on a Road to Harmonious Life in All Aspects". Chinese and Thai experts and scholars explored the role of the two countries in building a harmonious world and promoting harmonious life around the topics of people's friendship, programs for public good, health and medical care, food safety and cultural development. HRH Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn of Thailand delivered opening speech and sat till the end of the meeting. The princess gave a royal audience to major members of the CSCLF delegation and had a cordial conversation with them, and then visited the photo exhibition with great interest. Yu Guilin vice chairman also addressed to the opening ceremony of the Seminar. Over 60 people from China Minsheng Banking Corporation, Friendship Association of Shaanxi Province, Sichuan Provincial Council for Promotion of International Trade and youth federations of Shanghai and Yunnan Province took part in the Seminar.

Apart from attending the Seminar at the Sirindhorn Chinese Language and Culture Center of the Mae Fah Luang University, the CSCLF delegation also visited the Chulalongkorn University and the China-Thailand Friendship Village built by China in Pang Nga Province where the Tsunami hit most seriously several years ago. They also went to a junior high school and a primary school in the village to learn about education endeavor there.

The Seminar interested the mainstream media in Thailand. The government-run newspapers, the National Broadcasting Services of Thailand and other media agencies all gave full coverage of the event.

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