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HRH Princess Sirindhorn voted China’s best international friend

 Emblem of the House of Chakri

 Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn

 BANGKOK, 9 December 2009 (NNT) – Her Royal Highness Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn was voted online by Chinese people as one of the top ten best international friends of China, according to an online survey by a state-run China Radio International .

HRH Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn was ranked second after Canadian Norman Bethune. Other eight best international friends of China are German John HD Rabe, Spanish Juan Antonio Samaranch, American Edgar Snow, British Dr Joseph Needham, Pole-turn-Chinese Israel Epstein, New Zealander Rewi Alley, Indian Dwarkanath S Kotnis, and Japanese Morihiko Hiramatsu.

The survey was conducted by the China Radio International to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the establishment of the People’s Republic of China. HRH Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn is the only one figure from the South East Asian region to receive the award and is among the few living awardees.

HRH Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn has visited China for 28 times in 28 years since 1981 and she has been playing a vital role in fostering the relationships between the two countries. She speaks fluent Mandarin, giving credit to Her Majesty the Queen for suggesting her to study Chinese. She also wrote many books narrating her journeys to China and other topics related to China.

HRH Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn departed Thailand from the air force airport in Don Mueang on Tuesday 8 December 2009 at 05.30 hrs by Bangkok Airways flight number PG 1 to China to receive the award.

[Source : Thainews.prd.go.th]


Ye Lang Received Princess of Thailand Maha Chakri Sirindhorn 2008-4-15

Princess of Thailand Maha Chakri Sirindhorn together with her suite visited Peking University again on the morning of April 3. Ye Lang, Dean of PKU School of Arts & Dean of ICI (Institute for Cultural Industries, Peking University) received Princess Sirindhorn in NO.56 of Yannan Garden, and then held an informal discussion. PKU Executive Vice President Lin Jianhua, assistant to the President and Director of Office of International Relations Li Yansong, Vice Dean of School of Arts Peng Jixiang, Ding Ning and Yu Hong, Vice Director of Office of International Relations Pan Qingde, student delegates of School of Arts, Thailand and School of Foreign Languages, also attended the discussion.

During the discussion, Vice President Lin Jianhua reviewed the history of China-Thailand friendly exchanges, the development of Confucius Institute in Thailand, and the friendship between Princess Sirindhorn and PKU. He highly praised the huge contribution on China-Thailand relationship and cultural communications between these two countries made by Princess Sirindhorn. Dean Ye Lang also had pleasant exchange with Princess Sirindhorn. Talking about the performance of Kunqu Opera “the youth-oriented version of The Peony Pavilion” introduced by ICI for PKU audiences, Princess Sirindhorn smiled and said that she also appreciate the performance.

Afterwards Dean Ye Lang presented The Library of Chinese Aesthetics, which included nineteen Chinese corpuses from Qin Dynasty to latter-day China, and covered philosophy, religion, art, music, and other fields, to Princess Sirindhorn.

Princess Sirindhorn has been highly interested in Chinese history, language and culture for all the time. She used to have a one-month study in PKU as the scholarship winner of the project of Chinese Culture Research, and obtained the Honorary Doctorate of PKU.

[Source : Ici.pku.edu.cn/en]

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