Since 2020, the outbreak of the coronavirus has posed great challenges to the health of people around the world and the global economy and trade. When the virus was spreading in China, the royal family, the government and people of Thailand donated materials to Wuhan and other affected areas through various channels. Recently, when China has made substantive progress in the control and prevention of the epidemic, however, the situation in Thailand deeply worries all of us.
On March 19, 2020, the Ministry of Public Health of Thailand said in the regular briefing that Thailand has increased 60 confirmed cases the same day. Up to now, 272 cases were confirmed in Thailand, among which 1 case died, more than 40 cases were cured and over 200 cases stayed in the hospital for treatment. Confirmed cases in Bangkok have accounted for about 80% of the total.
Facing the severe situation, China-ASEAN Panorama Magazine Agency actively contacted the Chinese Embassy in Thailand and the Consulate-General of Thailand in Nanning to discuss issues relating donating anti-epidemic materials to Thailand. After reporting to Yang Xin, Chargé D’affaires of the Chinese Embassy in Thailand and Zhang Peidong, Commercial Counselor of the Chinese Embassy in Thailand, China-ASEAN Panorama Magazine Agency decided to donate protective suits urgently needed to the government of Thailand via the Chinese Embassy in Thailand. This batch of protective clothing manufactured by China’s Show Long Group is genuine and comply with the US FDA standard and the EU CE standard, worthing RMB 10,000 yuan, and can be used in hospital wards and outpatient clinics to fight against the epidemic in Thailand.
The rescue materials were transported from Nanning to Bangkok by Beibu Gulf Airlines flight GX8907 on March 18. Beibu Gulf Airlines decided to transport the materials free of charge after learning the specific situation. Under the free transportation and fast customs clearance provided by Beibu Gulf Airlines, Nanning Customs and Guangxi Dingxintong Business Service Co., Ltd., the materials have arrived in Bangkok successfully and will be transported to the government of Thailand by the Chinese Embassy in Thailand.
On the morning of March 18, Gao Hang, the Editor-in-Chief of China-ASEAN Panorama Magazine Agency and Honorary Trade Advisor to the Ministry of Commerce of Thailand visited Mr. Wasin Dhamavasi, Acting Consul-General and Miss Wanlada Ratanapanich, Commercial Consul of the Royal Thai Consulate-General in Nanning, China, informed about the donation of China-ASEAN Panorama Magazine Agency to the government of Thailand, and transmitted a personal letter of Gao Hang to Your Excellency Jurin Laksanavisit, Deputy Prime Minister and Commerce Minister of the Kingdom of Thailand, in the name of Honorary Trade Advisor to the Ministry of Commerce of Thailand through the Consulate-General.
Gao Hang said in the letter that we are living on the same earth, and sharing the same destiny. When the virus was spreading in China, His Majesty the King and the government of the Kingdom of Thailand sent valuable materials urgently needed to China to fight against the epidemic. People, enterprises and groups of the Kingdom of Thailand also donated materials to China. Besides, China-ASEAN Panorama Magazine Agency has received videos specially recorded by many members of the Constitutional Court of the Kingdom of Thailand to cheer for China and Wuhan. All this deeply touched the Chinese people and employees of China-ASEAN Panorama Magazine Agency.
The expression of “China and Thailand will always be a family” is a portrayal of the close relationships between China and Thailand, as well as the two peoples. As an old Chinese saying goes, “you throw a peach to me, I give you a white jade for friendship.” When our relatives are in trouble, we should give a helping hand, just like the Thai government and people did for the Chinese people. China-ASEAN Panorama Magazine Agency would repay Chines people’s deep friendship towards the Thai people through donation and the letter to Your Excellency Deputy Prime Minister.
At the end of the letter, Gao Hang sincerely hoped that the anti-epidemic materials donated by China-ASEAN Panorama Magazine Agency could contribute to Thailand’s fight against the epidemic.
As an international media for multi-field cooperation between China and ASEAN, China-ASEAN Panorama Magazine Agency has been supported and helped by ASEAN governments and all sectors of society including Thailand since its establishment. From 2015 to 2016, China-ASEAN Panorama Magazine Agency established overseas branches with TCITV and Songjiang Media in Malaysia and Thailand, respectively, published China-ASEAN Business magazine in Malaysia and TAP in Thailand, making positive contributions to the promotion of China-ASEAN economic and trade, culture and tourism, and other fields of cooperation.
In addition to helping Thailand to fight against the epidemic, China-ASEAN Panorama Magazine Agency will continue to pay attention to the trend of the epidemic, provide assistance for ASEAN countries in the prevention and control of the epidemic, and work with all parties to win the war against the epidemic.