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PM to visit China and Japan Nov 12-14

Posted by arnon_k On November - 11 - 2010

BANGKOK, Nov 11 — Thai Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva is scheduled to attend the opening ceremony of the 16th Asian Games at Guangzhou, China and the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Summit in Yokohama, Japan during Nov 12-14.

The opening ceremony of the Asian Games on Friday will be staged in the middle of the Pearl River on Haixinsha Square, with residential buildings and the 610-metre high Guangzhou Tower as a backdrop. The 18th APEC Economic Leaders’ meeting will be held at Yokohama in Kanagawa Prefecture during Nov 13-14.

Mr Abhisit said that apart from attending the Asian Games opening ceremony, his China’s visit will be the follow up trip after he visited Beijing in June last year.

The Thai prime minister will discuss with Chinese leaders to foster cooperation particularly with Guangzhou and Guangdong.

The fruit market in Guangzhou is an important national distribution centre for imported Thai bananas, durians, and lychees.

The Thai premier said he would like to focus on promoting Thai fruit in the Chinese market. Ten good quality Thai fruits were selected as gifts for very important persons who are invited to the Asian Games and Thai fruits will be on the table during the banquet for athletes.

Mr Abhisit said he was scheduled to meet his Chinese counterpart Wen Jiabao who will attend the opening ceremony to follow up the wide range of bilateral cooperation including trade and investment, tourism, and railway development in Thailand.

The cooperation to promote Thai TV soap opera series in China will also be discussed, he said.

Mr Abhisit earlier told Chinese Xinhua news agency that he will witness the signing of a Letter of Intent (LOI) for promoting and distributing Thai TV series in China.

“There has been much talk about airing Thai series on Chinese television,” Mr Abhisit said. “There is so much of affinity in terms of what Thai and Chinese people like and culturally we are quite close.”

“It will be a good opportunity for us to showcase some of our entertainment,” he said.

As for the APEC Summit, Mr Abhist said the members would discuss balanced, sustainable, and fair economic growth and the future of cooperation in the region, the possibility to forge ahead with a free trade area.

Currency exchange rates will also be on the table for discussion, he said.

The meeting was expected to touch on the disasters that had impacted many countries, he said, adding that many countries worried about climate change which causes volatile weather conditions.

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