BANGKOK - Thai Princess Maha Chakri
Sirindhorn has responded to her being conferred China's Medal of Friendship for
her enormous contribution to the friendship between Thailand and China.
Princess Sirindhorn is among the six foreigners who were
recently awarded the Medal of Friendship, an honorary title issued under a
presidential decree in the lead-up to the 70th anniversary of the founding of
the People's Republic of China.
The Princess said in a written reply that she was very impressed
with the Medal of Friendship conferred by the Chinese government and excited at
the awarding event in China, which she described as an important experience in
"For the past 70 years, the Chinese people and the Chinese
government have developed the country and overcome many, varied
She noted that both the Chinese people and the Chinese leaders
have had patience, perseverance, diligence and desire for knowledge so as to
have acquired prosperity up to now.
The Princess congratulated China and the Chinese people on the
occasion of the 70th anniversary of the founding of the People's Republic of
"I wish the People's Republic of China to acquire progress
and success and the Chinese people to have physical and mental happiness,
prosperity and stability," She said.
The princess also commented that the Thailand-China cooperation
on education has offered Thailand new chances.
"When I had the opportunity to study the Chinese language
and society for a month, I thought of sending Thai students for a course in
China, especially about science, technology and other subjects which others may
not have learned in China before," she said.
Many students returned to Thailand after finishing their study
in China, with some finding jobs and some advancing their studies in other
"Thai researchers were sent to work with Chinese
researchers for projects which we certainly would not have done if we had not
cooperated with China. China has conducted research and development on those
projects for the past 70 years," she noted.