Dear the Former Vice Minister of the International Department of the CPC Central Committee Mr. Li Beihai, dear the Deputy Secretary of Publication Bureau of the CPC Central Committee, Mr. Zhang Fan, dear the President of Home and Abroad News Press, Mrs. Wei Yan, Dear Excellencies, ladies and gentlemen, Good evening!
Firstly, I would like to express my profound gratitude to “Home and Abroad News Press” for not only inviting me to attend today’s ceremony and also presenting me with an award for “The News Person of the Year”. Home and Abroad News Press and other Chinese media play an invaluable role in building bridges and promoting trust, understanding and communication between countries and cultures.
The Royal Thai Embassy has played an active role in fostering the strategic comprehensive partnership between Thailand and China. We’ve been especially active in promoting “soft power diplomacy”, through cultural, educational as well as outreach programmers and activities, in order to forge the better understanding between Thais and Chinese. I strongly believe that people-to-people relations lay a strong foundation for sustaining bilateral ties and cooperation.
Of course, I deeply believe that the media is a great channel in this effort and that is why I, as Ambassador, regularly make myself available to the media through interviews, connecting with our young fans on the Royal Thai Embassy’s weibo, and inviting members of the media to my residence for lunch and dinner, under my “open-house policy”, for a casual and frank conversation.
As Ambassador, I feel proud to be able to represent Thailand to the People’s Republic of China, one of our closest and long-time friends at this juncture. Our relations are comprehensive and special and one that is based on many shared cultures and customs, mutual respect and a good understanding of each other.
I am confident that Home and Abroad News Press and other Chinese media will continue to be our partner and work together towards better understanding between our two peoples and advancing bilateral relations between our two countries. I wish a great success of tonight’s event and wish all guests good health, happy family and an everlasting friendship between China and Thailand.