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Yang Xiong Meets Prince Sukhumbhand Paribatra, Mayor of Bangkok

    Shanghai Mayor Yang Xiong met with Prince Sukhumbhand Paribatra, mayor of Bangkok and his party on December 3. On behalf of the Shanghai Municipal People’s Government and the people of Shanghai, he extended warm welcome to Prince Sukhumbhand Paribatra, and together they signed a letter of intent on cooperation between the two cities.

    Yang Xiong said that China-Thailand friendly ties go back to ancient times, and in recent year the two countries have forged a full strategic partnership laying a sound foundation for more exchange and cooperation. Bangkok is the capital city and economic center of Thailand and also a renowned international tourism destination. There is great potential for cooperation between Shanghai and Bangkok. With the signing of the letter of intent on cooperation, Shanghai would like to strengthen cooperation and exchange with Bangkok in the economic, cultural, scientific & technological and urban management areas and carry forward our traditional friendship, reputed as “China and Thailand are of one family”. An open city, Shanghai is now speeding up the building of our city into an international economic, financial, trade and shipping center, and at the same time we are faced with challenges common to cities such as transportation and environment, so we hope to have exchange and learn from each other with cities in different parts of the world including Bangkok for common development and prosperity.

    Prince Sukhumbhand Paribatra praised Shanghai as a great city, saying that Bangkok-Shanghai exchange and cooperation not only promote economic prosperity of the two cities, but also make important contributions to the development of friendly relations between Thailand and China. He hoped that with the inking of the letter of intent as an opportunity, the two cities will increase exchange and cooperation in various areas, striking a prelude to the celebrations of the 40th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between China and Thailand next years.

    Thai Consul General Buskorn was present at the meeting.