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Vol. 24 No.2
April - June 2007

ISSN 0125-0159

Editor’s Note
International Forum
Thailand Moving with ASEAN Towards a Caring and Sharing Society
Prayong Ronnarong: Prime Example of a Community Leader
BOI and Its Important Roles in Promoting Investors in Global Business Arenas
Special Feature
China - ASEAN Cooperation Program
Human Security
Protecting the Rights of Immigrant Workers
Foreign Relations
The Second Thai-Lao Friendship Bridge: A New Link between Thailand and Its Close Neighbors
Trends of Energy Use and Development in Thailand
Thai Touch
Ko Phra Thong: A Savanna Paradise

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China - ASEAN Cooperation Program

The Public Relations Department recently welcomed a Chinese media delegation conducting a tour for the China-ASEAN Cooperation Program, which is aimed at boosting relations between nations along the route, as well as cooperation between media organizations in the region. The tour is also in line with the memorandum of understanding that the Public Relations Department signed with the Guangxi Administration of Radio, Film, and Television. The memorandum promotes cooperation on information, radio, and television operations between both organizations, and representatives of the Guangxi Administration of Radio, Film, and Television were part of the Chinese media delegation.

It is the first project in which Chinese media organizations at local and national levels, including a privately run media organization, worked together. They include Guangxi TV Station, Guangxi Peopleís Radio Station, China Radio International, and Hong Kong-based Phoenix Satellite Television.

On the tour, the Chinese journalists made documentaries on places they passed along their route from China to Southeast Asian nations. Thailand stirred the interest of the Chinese media delegation with its unique cultures and architecture, as well as the beautiful landscape in many provinces.

The Public Relations Department welcomed the delegation and facilitated their immigration and customs procedures at the border checkpoints of Aranyaprathet, Nong Khai, and Sadao. The Department provided the delegates with a variety of information on many topics, such as environmental issues. The Department did its best to ensure that the Chinese media delegation would have an informative and enjoyable stay.

Apart from covering the beauty of Thailand, the delegation also interviewed important persons in the Thai government on cooperation between China and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN). The delegation met Tourism and Sports Minister Suvit Yodmani to discuss tourism issues with regard to the large number of Chinese arrivals to Thailand, which is considered a beautiful, safe, and convenient destination.

The delegation also met Deputy Prime Minister and Industry Minister Kosit Panpiemras and other Thai ministers to discuss the development of Thailand as the center of ASEAN, surrounded by Cambodia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Vietnam, and southern China. The United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) found in its 2005 survey that in the next five years Thailand should have the third highest potential among Asian nations for attracting foreign investments, and the ninth highest potential in the world for the same case.

Thailand plans to be a gateway to Asia, which is the largest market of the world, with China and India as the major parts of the market. To achieve this, Thailand is developing its infrastructure, including logistics, information and communication technologies, and highways to neighboring countries. The highways constitute the road network for the Greater Mekong Subregion. They will form east-west routes that link Myanmar, Thailand, Laos, Vietnam, and southern China, and north-south routes that connect Khunming to Bangkok, Hanoi, Haiphong, and Nanning. There are also other mega- infrastructure projects collectively approved by nations in the subregion to facilitate their economic cooperation.

Apart from stories on China-ASEAN cooperation in many aspects, including the economic side, the Chinese media delegation also made documentaries on Khon Kaen, as an ancient cultural province, Thailandís world-renowned jasmine rice, Songkhla province as a major link between the Pacific and the Indian Oceans, Thai people with ancestors from Guangxi, and Thailandís para rubber industry.

The China-ASEAN Cooperation Program promotes not only cooperation between Thai and Chinese media and information organizations but also good relations between nations along the routes. It is truly a journey of friendship.

Story: Suvalux Khenkum
Photos: Boonchoo Siritanyanon

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