Thai PM heading to Beijing and Tokyo

The prime minister will leave for China tomorrow to make an official visit and then head straight to Japan on Thursday to attend the Mekong-Japan Summit, according to the official itinerary.

Yingluck and her entourage will leave Suvarnabhumi Airport tomorrow for Beijing.

Following an official reception with the Chinese government, Yingluck will meet her Chinese counterpart Wen Jiabao at the Great Hall of the People to discuss bilateral ties. The two premiers are due to sign an agreement on bilateral cooperation.

On Wednesday morning, the PM and Thai businessmen will have breakfast with executives of the Party School of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China. She will deliver a speech on "development of Sino-Thai ties, partnership and cooperation on strategies".

Yingluck is scheduled to hold a discussion with Chinese Deputy Prime Minister Wang Qishan at 11am on Wednesday. She will then chair a lunch with Thai and Chinese businessmen at 12.30pm.

Shortly after, she will witness the signing of a cooperation contract between the Thai-Chinese private sectors at the China World Summit Wing hotel.

Yingluck is scheduled to meet Chinese President Hu Jintao at the Great Hall of the People at 5pm and will pay a courtesy call to Chinese Parliament President U Bango at 6pm.

Yingluck will leave Beijing on a chartered Thai Airways flight due to arrive in Tokyo at 11.10pm on Thursday. She will stay at the New Otani Tokyo Hotel.

Yingluck is scheduled to attend the Fourth Meeting of the Heads of Governments of Japan and Mekong region countries in Tokyo from Friday till Sunday.

She will represent Thailand and is due to sign the Tokyo Strategy for Mekong-Japan Cooperation during the summit.

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