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Thailand maintains firm and strong relations with Taiwan

By Mrs. Nualpan Mahakun  /  EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF THAILAND TRADE AND ECONOMIC OFFICE

Trade and Economic OfficeI should like to express my grateful thanks to Taipei Times for this opportunity of addressing its esteemed readers on the occasion of the Birthday Anniversary of His Majesty the King of Thailand.

Every year, December 5th is the special day for the Thai people to celebrate the auspicious occasion of His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej's Birthday Anniversary which is regarded the National's Day as well. This year marks His Majesty's 77th Birthday Anniversary and is His Majesty's the 58th year of the reign.

His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej was born at Mount Auburn Hospital, Cambridge, Massachusetts, U.S.A. on Monday, December 5, 1927, being the third and youngest child of His Royal Highness Prince Mahidol of Songkla, who was then studying medicine at Harvard University, and Princess Mother Sri Sangwan. His Majesty's title at birth was His Highness Prince Bhumibol Adulyadej, meaning "Strength of the Land with Incomparable Power". This name becomes prophetic as His reign advances through various critical periods and the Thai nation evolves more and more around the throne as the sole source of unity and strength.

After the Law of Succession bestowed on him the arduous but challenging function of the Thai Crown, His Majesty decided to study Law and Political Science at Lausanne University, Switzerland, in order to equip himself with the proper knowledge for government.

His Majesty ascended the throne on June 9, 1946. Then on May 5, 1950, there was a grand coronation ceremony according to ancient tradition. His Majesty and Her Majesty Queen Sirikit were married on April 28, 1950 and Their Majesties have four children namely, Their Royal Highness Princess Ubol Ratana, Crown Prince Maha Vajiralongkorn, Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn, and Princess Chulaborn.

His Majesty serves as the longest reigning monarch in the world. Since His accession to the throne, His Majesty has relentlessly devoted himself both physically and mentally for the development and well being of the Thai people.

His Majesty's work amounted to more than four thousands projects touch on diverse fields with special emphasis on improving the quality of life, preserving natural resources and the environment as well as developing occupational opportunities for the people. His Majesty has visited Thai people in every region of the country, especially the Thai rural inhabitants.

Such examples of His Majesty's concern for the well-being of the Thai people and their standard of living have truly demonstrated His fidelity to the Oath of Accession which reads, in part: "to reign with righteousness for the benefit and happiness of the Siamese people." His extraordinary devotion to the cause of the people's happiness has earned His Majesty the abiding, the respect and deep affection of the nation, as well as the genuine admiration of Thailand's friends all over the world. Recently, His Majesty was presented with the Habitat Scroll of Honour Award which is the highest award conferred by the UN-HABITAT to individuals, projects or institutions in recognition of significant contributions to improving human settlements.

On this auspicious occasion, as the celebrations and State Ceremonies in honour of His Majesty are being held in Thailand, I would like to invite the Taiwanese people to join with us in commemorating this happy event.

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