The Bangkok Bureau of China’s Xinhua News Agency has made a debut for a book entitled Everlasting Bond: A Dedication to the 30th Anniversary of Princess Sirindhorn’s First Visit to China.
The launch of the pictorial book took place on 8 December 2011 at a press conference, held by Xinhua News Agency Bangkok Bureau at the Siam Paragon Shopping Complex in Bangkok.
The new album features 100 valuable pictures taken by Xinhua correspondents recording Her Royal Highness Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn’s visits to China over the past 30 years. These pictures were selected from the photo exhibition “Xinhua Gallery: China and Thailand as One Family,” organized by Xinhua in Bangkok in August 2011 in commemoration of the 36th anniversary of the establishment of Thai-Chinese diplomatic relations and the 30th anniversary of Her Royal Highness Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn’s first visit to China.
Since 1981, Her Royal Highness has paid 33 visits to China, setting foot on all Chinese provinces. She has dedicated herself to the learning of Chinese language and culture and has played a vital role in promoting relationship between the two countries. She has also received many awards for her contribution to the promotion of Thai-Chinese cultural exchange and friendship, such as the China Language and culture Friendship Award, the International Literary Prize for Understanding and Friendship, and the Top Ten International Friends of China.
Speaking at the press conference, Mr. Shi Xianzhen, Xinhua Bangkok Bureau Chief, cited Her Royal Highness Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn as “an old dear friend who is deeply loved and respected by Chinese people.”
The pictorial book, written in Thai, Chinese, and English, with 50,000 copies, is priced at 159 baht and is available at major bookstores, such as Amarin, SE-ED, B2S, and Chula Book Center. Proceeds from the sale of this album will be presented to Her Royal Highness Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn for charity purposes.