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Chinese and Thai traditional knowledge could become strong pillars of new applied understandings of science and technology to bring about a different world of tomorrow as the curtain-up of a Sino-Thai seminar on scientific and technological cooperation on Thursday.


Thai Minister of Science and Technology Pravich Rattanapien said in a speech delivered at the opening of a Thai-Chinese seminar on scientific and technological cooperation Thursday morning that the Bangkok meeting is a crucial step that would lead to joint research and exchanges on technology and scientists between the two countries.


Knowledge of ancient Oriental wisdom traditions could prove an answer for Asia's state-of-the-art technology in the future as Thailand and China have agreed to expand bilateral cooperation on sciences and technology, the minister was quoted by the official Thai News Agency as saying.


Joint cooperation, he said, would result in development of a knowledge-based society through their Asian traditional wisdom instead of relying solely on western technology.


In addition, the minister urged stakeholders to speed up establishment of a Thai-Chinese technological promotion association to apply the new hybrid technology to the production and investment sectors in their countries.


Thailand and China recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on future scientific cooperation in Beijing based on research and development in major fields such as information technology, biological technology and biological diversity, as well as the new epidemiology regarding such concerns as avian influenza (bird flu).


(Xinhua News Agency June 23, 2006)

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