The Thai government held a garden party and a banquet on March 7 in honor of Her Royal Highness Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn, who was named a winner of “Chinese Connection – Top Ten International Friends of China” Award.
The garden party took place at Santi Maitri Hall and the banquet at Thai Khu Fa Building, Government House, in Bangkok. Her Royal Highness had accepted an invitation extended by Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva to attend the two events.
At the garden party, a special Thai dance accompanied by Thai and Chinese melodies was performed, together with an exhibition on Her Royal Highness’ activities and projects to promote Thai-Chinese relations.
Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn was voted one of the “Ten Best International Friends of China” for her contribution to the promotion of Thai-Chinese cultural exchange and friendship between the two countries. The online selection, initiated by China Radio International and carried out on its website, CRI online, was the first of its kind held by the People’s Republic of China since its founding in 1949.
The award presentation ceremony took place at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on 8 December 2009. The Princess and other winners were presented with a commemorative badge from Mr. Jia Qinglin, Chairman of the National Committee of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference, and a certificate from Mr. Wang Taihua, the Minister of the State Administration of Radio, Film, and Television.
Born on 2 April 1955, Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn, the third child and second daughter of Their Majesties the King and Queen, is deeply loved by Thai people for her kindness, sincerity, simplicity, and concern for others. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree from Chulalongkorn University, where she majored in history. She obtained Master’s degrees from Chulalongkorn University, majoring in Pali-Sanskrit, and from Silpakorn University, majoring in Oriental Epigraphy. She also holds a doctorate in Development Education from Srinakharinwirot University.
The Princess is proficient in several foreign languages, especially English, French, Pali, Sanskrit, Chinese, and Cambodian. Whenever and wherever she travels, she always takes a notebook and a pen to jot down all the information she gets. Over the past 28 years, she has visited China once a year on average. She has also written books after returning from China and translated many Chinese stories into Thai.
The Chinese People’s Association of Friendship with Foreign Countries has bestowed the title of “Goodwill Ambassador” to the Princess, who has been dedicated to introducing Chinese history and culture to Thai people.
Thailand and China celebrate 35 years of diplomatic relations in 2010. Her Royal Highness Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn, recognized as an outstanding envoy for both nations, has played a leading role in strengthening Thai-Chinese relations.