Thai Minister of Foreign Affairs Don Pramudwinai has called Chief Executive Carrie Lam one of Asia’s two “strong ladies,” alongside the leader of Myanmar Aung San Suu Kyi.

Lam met with the the minister on Friday during her two-day state visit to Thailand. Pramudwinai praised Lam’s “competent” leadership, and compared her to Nobel Peace Prize winner Suu Kyi, referred to by some as “Burma’s First Lady of Freedom.”

Chief Executive Carrie Lam (L) met with Thai Minister of Foreign Affairs Don Pramudwinai (center). Don compared Lam to Aung San Suu Kyi, current leader of Myanmar (R). Photo: GovHK and Wikicommons/Claude Truong-Ngoc.

Lam responded with a smile.

Lam and Pramudwinai met to discuss and witness the signing of a Letter of Intent between the Hong Kong Trade Development Council and the Department of International Trade Promotion under the Ministry of Commerce of Thailand. The letter aims at laying the groundwork for enhanced collaboration in trade between the two offices.

Lam meeting with Thai officials during her state visit. Photo: GovHK.

Lam also attended a roundtable forum between industry and business leaders from different countries within the Association of Southeast Asian Nations.

Lam speaking at the forum in Thailand. Photo: GovHK.

Lam met with Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha, who congratulated the chief executive on her inauguration and the 20th anniversary of Hong Kong’s Handover. Lam told reporters that she is considering Chan-o-cha’s proposal to establish an economic and trade office in Bangkok to facilitate cooperation between the two governments.

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In the morning, Lam made a visit to the Grand Palace in Bangkok to pay her respects to the late King, His Majesty Bhumibol Adulyadej.

The trip marked the second leg of the leader’s four-day visit to Singapore and Thailand.

Jun Pang

Jun Pang is an independent writer and researcher. She has previously worked in NGOs advocating for refugees' and migrants' rights in Asia and Europe.