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UPDATED: 09:12, July 03, 2005
Thai PM concludes China tour
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Thai Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra left Guangzhou Saturday evening for his country, concluding his three-day official visit as guest of Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao.

During his short stay in this south China's Guangdong Province starting from Friday evening, Thaksin met with Guangdong Governor Huang Huahua and visited Meizhou city of this province, where his mother used to live during World War II.

Thaksin said in the meeting with Huang that Thailand and Guangdong have maintained exchanges in economy and trade for a long time. "The two sides should further open market to each other and expand exchanges," he noted.

Huang agreed with Thaksin on this point, saying that Guangdong and Thailand enjoy great potential in bilateral cooperation.

Prior to Thaksin's China tour, the Meizhou government has found the Hakka residential housing where Thaksin's mother once lived, according to clues provided by Thaksin himself.

The house, where Thaksin's grandfather once lived, has a history of more than 200 years, and Thaksin's mother also lived here for two years during the war time. Now Thaksin's relatives still live in this house.

Thaksin took his son to visit the house, and paid respects to his ancestors at the tomb of his grandfather's mother.

Thaksin expressed his appreciation for the Guangdong government to help him find his ancestors' former residence, saying that his offspring then could clearly understand where their ancestors live and where their hometown is.

"When the Chinese people see a Thai leader and so many entrepreneurs come to China to pay homage to the place where their ancestors have once lived, they will understand that the Thais and Chinese are from one family, and they are relatives," said Thaksin in an interview with Xinhua prior to his China tour.

Source: Xinhua

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