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‘Ambitious’ trade pledge headlines Luxon’s Thailand stop

Christopher Luxon is officially welcomed to Bangkok’s Government House by Thai Prime Minister Srettha Thavisin, April 2024.
Photo: Dan Brunskill

Prime Minister Christopher Luxon has jointly announced a commitment to triple two-way trade with Thailand by 2045, but that only requires maintaining growth at current levels.

Luxon today is heading to the Philippines after his one-day-blitz through Thailand’s capital Bangkok.

The visit included Tuk Tuk tour of the city to create social media content, and a performance featuring a combination of kapa haka and Thai traditional dance to welcome Luxon, the first New Zealand Prime Minister to formally attend bilateral talks since 2013.

A period of military rule after a 2014 coup had cooled relations, but new Thai Prime Minister Srettha Thavisin – a businessman-turned-politician, dubbed the Salesman PM – comes from a similar mould…

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