Yunnan Daily Press Group and The Nation on Tuesday joined hands in launching China: Yunnan special publication. The ceremony was attended by YDPG’s Deputy Editor in Chief Tian Jing, Thai Cultural Minister ViraRojpojchanarat and Wu Zhiwu, Minister Counselo
Honorable Mr. Wu Zhiwu, Minister-Counselor of Chinese Embassy in the Kingdom of Thailand
Honorable Mr. PanaJanviroj, President of The Nation,
Ladies and gentlemen, dear friends,
China: Yunnan, which is jointly published by Yunnan Daily Press Group(YDPG) and The Nation, is officially launched today. On behalf of the Group, I would like to congratulate on this and convey my sincere thanks to Mr. Minister, all distinguished guests here, as well as our peers.
Yunnan and Thailand are friendly neighbors, and we are connected by the Lancang-Mekong river and the Kunming-Bangkok highway. Over the years, the two sides have been closely cooperated in trade, investment, interconnectivity, culture, and education. Such cooperations are on the rise and have yielded fruitful results. According to incomplete statistics, 30 plus Thai companies, including the Charoen Pokphand Group and the TCC Group, have invested in more than 100 projects in China, and their business covers hotel management, hydropower engineering, food processing, and home furnishing.
Yunnan has opened many international air lines to Thailand, and now there are direct flights from Kunming to Bangkok, Chiang Mai, Phuket Island, Chiang Rai, and Krabi. Also, Yunnan and Thailand have jointly built up and participated in such regional economic cooperative mechanisms as the GMS and Yunnan-North Thailand Work Team Cooperative Mechanism. The annual China-South Asia Expo has become a key platform for communication.
Since 2008, the yearly “Thailand Festival in Kunming”, hosted by Thai Consulate-General in Kunming, has become one of the most popular events of cultural tourism in Yunnan. Educational exchanges between the two sides have also yielded fruitful results. In Yunnan, most scientific institutions have cooperated frequently with their counterparts in Thailand. Nearly 40 colleges and universities in Yunnan have established the Thai-Language program, with 4,000 students learning Thai.
At the current context of upgrading the “China-ASEAN Free Trade Area” and implementing the “Belt and Road Initiative”, the above-mentioned exchanges and cooperation between Yunnan and Thailand will surely have a broader prospect. The coming China-Thailand High Speed Rail will shorten the distance between Yunnan and Thailand, providing more convenience for people. Therefore, we believe the two sides will deepen trade and economic cooperation, while cementing traditional friendship and adding more amity to our relation.
Ladies and gentlemen, dear friends！
The media serves as a channel for information flow, and it can be likened as a bond for heart-to-heart communication, or a messenger for friendly exchanges. As the mainstream media in Yunnan, the YDPG has actively cooperated with media in South and Southeast Asian countries. Since 1995, the YDPG has published ten overseas news specials through cooperation with media in Bangladesh, Cambodia, Indonesia, Malaysia and Myanmar, as well as the U.S.
China: Yunnan, which is jointly published by Yunnan Daily Press Group(YDPG) and The Nation, will be a showcase of China and Yunnan in Thailand. However, this just marks the first step of our cooperation. We will go on blazing more channels for international cooperation, and provide better information service for readers in the two countries. I am convinced that, on the basis of joint efforts, cooperation between the YDGP and The Nation will bring direct and valuable information to the public in Yunnan and Thailand. In doing so, we can open a new historic chapter of China-Thailand friendship and common development, which will be recorded in journalism.