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Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra is no longer a diplomatic novice. The list of world leaders she has met keeps getting longer and longer. 

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A comfortable-looking Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra meets Julia Eileen Gillard, Prime Minister of Australia at the ASEAN summit in Cambodia, one of more than a dozen world leaders she has met in the past ten days. EPA

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Yingluck the diplomat

Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra is no longer a diplomatic novice. The list of world leaders she has met keeps getting longer and longer.

The past ten days have been particularly frenetic. It began with a trip to the United Kingdom to met Queen Elizabeth and Prime Minister David Cameron in London, then rushing back to Cambodia for the Asean summit with a side-trip back to Bangkok to welcome US President Barack Obama and then right back to Phnom Penh.

There she met all the Asean country leaders plus the heads of state of Australia, China, India, Japan, New Zealand and the Republic of Korea.

And there is one more important visitor to attend to here in Bangkok.

Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao, second from left, is accompanied by Deputy Prime Minister Pongthep Thepkanchana, fourth from right, and Transport Minister Chatchart Sithipan, far right, upon his arrival at Don Mueang airport Tuesday. Mr Wen is on an official visit to Thailand that wraps up this evening. (Photo by Government House)

Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao flew into Bangkok Tuesday for an overnight visit on what will be his last foreign trip before the new Chinese leadership takes over.

He will have an audience with His Majesty the King. He also will have talks with Thai officials, and will leave for China this evening.

While he is in Bangkok, he is also scheduled to hold a joint press conference with Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra, an event he originally turned down.

He apparently changed his mind after United States President Barack Obama staged one with Ms Yingluck on Sunday, a Foreign Ministry source said.

Includes information from a story in today’s Bangkok Post.

summit – a meeting or a series of meetings between leaders of two or more countries การประชุมสุดยอด
diplomat – an official whose job is to represent their government in dealings with foreign countries นักการทูต
novice – of someone with little experience doing something มือใหม่
particularly – especially, or more than usual โดยเฉพาะ
frenetic – involving a lot of energy and activity in a way that is not organised บ้าคลั่ง, บ้าระห่ำ
rush – to move or do something very quickly รีบเร่ง
side-trip – a short trip during a longer trip
head of state – the official leader of a country who is sometimes also the leader of the government ประมุขแห่งรัฐ  ผู้นำของรัฐ
accompany – to go with someone ไปกับ,ไปด้วยกัน
wrap up – to finish  ทำให้เสร็จสิ้น
take over – to begin to have control of or responsibility for something, especially in place of somebody else เข้าควบคุม, เข้ารับตำแหน่งต่อ
audience – a formal meeting that you have with an important person, expecially royalty การเข้าเฝ้า
scheduled – planned to happen at a particular time or day ตามตารางเวลา
joint – done together; belonging to or shared between two or more people ที่ร่วมกัน
press conference – an official meeting where someone makes a formal statement about a particular issue or event to journalists and answers their questions about it การแถลงข่าว
originally – the situation that existed at the beginning of a particular period or activity, especially before something was changed อย่างเป็นอันแรก, โดยแรกเริ่ม
turn down – to reject; to not agree with a request, offer or proposal ปฏิเสธ ไม่ยอมรับ
apparently – based only on what you have heard or think, not on what you are certain is true; seemingly ตามที่ได้รู้มา
stage – to organise an event or activity จัด
source – someone who gives information แหล่งข่า

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