- Title: CHINA: Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra visits Hong Kong
- Date: 26th February 2013
- Summary: HONG KONG, CHINA (FEBRUARY 26, 2013) (AGENCY POOL) **CONTAINS FLASH PHOTOGRAPHY** THAI PRIME MINISTER YINGLUCK SHINAWATRA WALKING AWAY FROM CAR AND SHAKING HANDS WITH HONG KONG CHIEF EXECUTIVE LEUNG CHUN-YING MEETING IN PROGRESS LEUNG SPEAKING YINGLUCK LISTENING YINGLUCK SPEAKING JOURNALISTS THAI MINISTER OF COMMERCE, BOONSONG TERIYAPIROM (LEFT) AND HONG KONG SECRETARY FOR COMMERCE AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT, GREGORY SO (RIGHT) SIGNING DOCUMENTS SO SIGNING DOCUMENT TERIYAPIROM EXCHANGING DOCUMENTS TERIYAPIROM AND SO STANDING UP TERIYAPIROM AND SO EXCHANGING DOCUMENTS AND SHAKING HANDS, YINGLUCK AND LEUNG APPLAUDING
- Embargoed: 13th March 2013 12:00
- Location: Hong Kong, China
- Country: Hong Kong
- Topics: International Relations,Politics
- Reuters ID: LVAA26X86HQ2OFXJR68AL9GN8OMS
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- Story Text: Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra met with Hong Kong leader Leung Chun-ying on Tuesday (February 26).
The two shook hands and held a bilateral meeting at the Hong Kong Government House.
Thai Minister of Commerce Boonsong Teriyapirom and Hong Kong Secretary for Commerce and Economic Development Gregory So signed a co-operation agreement.
Yingluck, 45, is Thailand's first female president and sister of self-exiled former leader, Thaksin Shinawatra, who lives in Dubai to avoid a two-year jail sentence handed down for abuse of power in 2008.
Leung, elected by an Election Committee of about 1,200 members to be the former British colony's chief executive in March 2011, saw numerous large-scale protests under his rule. His popularity rating recently dropped to a new low, a survey done by Hong Kong University found.
During her two-day visit to Hong Kong, Yingluck would promote Thailand to investors, bankers and financiers, a statement from the Thai government's public relations department read.
Thailand was Hong Kong's 9th largest trading partner in 2011, with bilateral trade totalling HK$119.1 billion (15.4 billion U.S. dollars) a September 2012 fact sheet by the Hong Kong Trade and Industry Department read.
Thailand exports mainly electronic machinery, office and telecommunication equipment to Hong Kong, while Hong Kong sells non-ferrous metals, jewellery, goldsmith's and silversmith's wares to Thailand, the fact sheet stated.
Yingluck arrived in Hong Kong on Monday (February 25) evening, after spending two days in South Korea and attending the inauguration of its new President Park Geun-hye, the statement said.
She was due to leave Hong Kong on Tuesday (February 26), the local Thai Consulate said.
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