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Vice-premier attends Thai King Bhumibol Adulyadej’s royal cremation ceremony

Updated: Oct 27,2017 8:39 PM     Xinhua

Vice-Premier Zhang Gaoli (L, front) attends the royal cremation ceremony of Thailand’s late King Bhumibol Adulyadej as the special envoy of President Xi Jinping in Bangkok, Thailand, Oct 26, 2017. [Photo/Xinhua]

BANGKOK — Vice-Premier Zhang Gaoli attended the royal cremation ceremony of Thailand’s late King Bhumibol Adulyadej in Bangkok, capital of Thailand, on Oct 26 as the special envoy of President Xi Jinping.

During the ceremony, Zhang expressed to Thai King Maha Vajiralongkorn the Chinese side’s deep condolences and reverence to the late king and conveyed President Xi’s best wishes to King Vajiralongkorn.

On behalf of President Xi, Zhang invited King Vajiralongkorn to visit China at an early date after his coronation.

King Vajiralongkorn appreciated Zhang’s attendance of the cremation ceremony as President Xi’s special envoy, saying that he has visited China for several times and he would like to visit China again in the future.

King Bhumibol, who had reigned Thailand for 70 years since 1946, was the longest reigning monarch in the world.

He died last October after he had been hospitalized for several years.

He was succeeded by his only son King Maha Vajiralongkorn, who was named crown prince in 1972.

Vice-Premier Zhang Gaoli (L) meets with Thai Deputy Prime Minister Somkid Jatusripitak in Bangkok, Thailand, Oct 27, 2017. [Photo/Xinhua]

On Oct 27, Zhang met with Thai Deputy Prime Minister Somkid Jatusripitak.

Zhang said beloved late King Bhumibol Adulyadej had made great contribution to the development of Thailand and the improvement of livelihood of the Thai people.

Hailing the late king as “a great friend of the Chinese people,” Zhang said the traditional friendship between China and Thailand has deepened under the late king’s support with bilateral cooperation forging ahead in various areas which brought concrete benefits to both countries and both peoples.

China attaches great importance to the relations with Thailand and put Thailand as a priority of China’s foreign policy with neighboring countries, said the vice-premier.

China is willing to work with Thailand to enhance high-level exchanges and political mutual trust so as to push forward the comprehensive strategic cooperative partnership toward new development, he said.

Zhang also briefed Somkid the 19th National Congress of the Communist Party of China (CPC), saying that he believed the development of China after the national congress will bring new opportunities to the development of Thailand as well as the relationship between the two countries.

Vice-Premier Zhang Gaoli (4th R) meets with Thai Deputy Prime Minister Somkid Jatusripitak in Bangkok, Thailand, Oct 27, 2017. [Photo/Xinhua]

Somkid told Zhang that his attendance of the cremation ceremony as President Xi’s special envoy fully embodies China’s high attention to the bilateral ties with Thailand.

Thailand congratulated the successful conclusion of the 19th CPC National Congress, said Somkid, adding that his country has attached great importance to the ties with China.

Thailand will unswervingly strengthen strategic cooperation with China, consolidate synergy between Thailand’s East Economic Corridor construction and China’s Belt and Road Initiative, he said.

The royal ceremony for the late king lasted from Oct 25 till Oct 29, with the cremation held on Oct 26.

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