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HQU Honorary Professor & Thai Princess Sirindhorn Receives China's Medal of Friendship

Release time:2019-09-30      Author:Zhang Luoying from Media Center

Chinese President Xi Jinping, also general secretary of the Communist Party of China Central Committee and chairman of the Central Military Commission awards Thai Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn the Friendship Medal of the People’s Republic of China (Photo by Xinhua News)


The presentation ceremony of the national medals and honorary titles of the People's Republic of China (PRC) was held at the Great Hall of the People on Sunday morning, September 29th. Chinese president Xi Jinping, also general secretary of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee and chairman of the Central Military Commission, awarded the medals to laureates and delivered a speech at the ceremony. 

Honorary Professor of Huaqiao University (HQU) and Thai Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn received the Friendship Medal of the PRC, and made a speech on behalf of the recipients at the ceremony.


Princess Sirindhorn adheres to the principle of "Chinese and Thais are of One Family". With deep affection for China, she is highly proficient in Chinese literature, history and culture. She has visited China for 48 times and made a great contribution to the Sino-Thai relations through promoting traditional Chinese culture and two countries' friendship. The princess has attended many major events including the celebrations of Hong Kong’s and Macao’s return to the motherland, and Beijing 2008 Olympic Games. She firmly supports China when it comes to issues involving China’s major interests. Princess Sirindhorn is always the first one to provide aids when deadly natural disasters such as 2008 Wenchuan Earthquake and 2010 Yushu Earthquake hit the country.


Princess Sirindhorn has formed special friendship with HQU over the years. She has paid visits to the university, to call on Thai government officials and students studying here, to be appointed as HQU’s honorary professor, to attend the unveiling ceremony of an eponymous library, to plant a cedar tree on campus --- as a symbol of the everlasting Sino-Thai friendship, to attend the Art Exhibition of Chinese Calligraphy and Painting and write down "泰中一家亲" (literally "Chinese and Thais are of One Family"). She has donated precious books several times to HQU, established the Princess Sirindhorn Scholarship to encourage Thai students to study at HQU, and presented an everlasting flower basket as a special gift at the 50th anniversary of the founding of HQU. The princess has received delegations led by HQU President, asking about the development of HQU and expressing her gratitude for HQU in Thai's personnel training. She has attended the opening ceremonies of Thai-Chinese Strategic Research Seminars co-hosted by HQU, the National Research Council of Thailand (NRCT) and Thai-Chinese Culture and Economy Association, and approved to establish the Sirindhorn’s Center for Sino-Thai Relations Research in HQU, arousing strong response in both countries.


Thai Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn met with the delegation led by HQU President Xu Xipeng at Bangkok, Thailand in August 2018 (Photo by Zhao Xincheng)


Thai Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn watered the cedar that she planted at HQU in 2009 (Photo by Zhang Lin)

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