The flags are up on Kings Avenue.

Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra is being welcomed to Canberra to mark the 60th anniversary of Australia-Thailand diplomatic relations. Comments from New Mandala readers on this auspicious milestone are very welcome.

For those in the mood for some reading, you may find this April 2012 commentary on Thailand-Australia relations is still relevant. And there will be sure to be plenty of other anecdote and analysis in the days to come.

Update (Monday, 28 May 2012): I was up at Parliament House this morning to commentate on Prime Minister Yingluck’s visit for Sky News. Hearing the Australian military band strike up the Thai national anthem was memorable. It was a beautiful morning for it.