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Thai and Chinese officials come together for Chinese New Year




Thai and Chinese officials are coming together to celebrate the Chinese New Year by marking 46 years of diplomatic relations with each other. The ceremony in Bangkok was led by Thailand’s Minister of Tourism and Sports and China’s Charge d’Affaires of the Embassy of the People’s Republic of China to Thailand.

The ceremony also included other high-ranking government officials who took part in celebrating the “Year of the Ox” while wishing happiness, health and prosperity for both countries. Thailand has been organising such Chinese New Year festivities, however, this year their anniversary of diplomatic relations fell on the new year holiday.

However, this year, Covid-19 has shown its face once again as the impact of the virus has been apparent in normally vibrant tourist areas like Phuket. Now, Phuket is noticeably quieter with much less decorations adorning the streets and visitors to the Chinese temples.

Many Thai-Chinese residents blamed the financial burden that the Covid pandemic brought on for not allowing them to travel back home to celebrate the holiday with their families. A noticeable decrease in red attire was also attributed to people not wanting to spend money on the customary and auspicious red clothing. Phuket officials say even domestic tourism was down from last year as their hopes of seeing a boost from such tourism over the holiday was dashed.

Meanwhile, China has caused waves internationally as its government has yanked the BBC World News from airing after an investigative story revealed alleged harsh treatment, including torture of China’s Muslim Uighur minority groups in camps. China responded to the move, which was heavily criticised by the international community, by saying the story and witness accounts were false. The government says the BBC violated reporting guidelines which included minimising harm to the country.

China also responded to placing such minorities in camps by saying they were in vocational training centres, a statement that the US, Britain and Australian governments refute.

SOURCE: The Pattaya News


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    Toby Andrews

    Saturday, February 13, 2021 at 3:46 pm

    The BBC did their upmost not offend the Chinese, but were still banned.
    However an atrocity is an atrocity, and cannot be ignored – not in the West anyway.
    These Orientals might rule their part of the world, and can suppress the truth.
    They don’t rule the West and the West will reveal and expose them.

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    Saturday, February 13, 2021 at 4:18 pm

    BBC News has no markets around the world. It has been the fake news outlet. The occidental can rule their part of the world. Idiocy is Idiocy, let it stay put in the west.

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      Saturday, February 13, 2021 at 5:13 pm

      BBC – Does it matter any more? Not really. PC for the great unwashed.

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    Jim kelly

    Saturday, February 13, 2021 at 11:51 pm

    Chinese? Famous for…?? let me think…hmmmmmm?
    Ken HOM and his Wok. A big wall that can be seen from space. soy sauce….ummmm? fake copies of just about everything and anything….errrr?? some silly little book that was ‘red’ apparently!
    HMMMMM? Struggling a bit now. I’m sure ‘others’ will add a few more…maybe?
    It’s sad that such a large nation isn’t famous for anything reeeaaallly important. such is life.

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    Sunday, February 14, 2021 at 2:52 am

    Chinese famous in uk for great food
    Chinese famous for covid

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    Sunday, February 14, 2021 at 2:54 am

    Chinese and thailand come together so China can take over Thailand please please I beg Thailand do not let this happen the west is on your side

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    Andy W

    Sunday, February 14, 2021 at 3:59 pm

    I assume it’s just another meeting to allow the Thai officials to collect their money and receive their new orders.

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      Sunday, February 14, 2021 at 8:03 pm

      Sounds about right

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