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Thaksin could learn a lot from Hun Sen

Re: "Hun Sen's charm offensive in Thailand", Regional Perspective, August 4.

Kavi Chongkittavorn's excellent analysis of Cambodian politics tells us how Prime Minister Hun Sen has proved to be one of the most effective leaders in the developing world over the past three decades.

By sending his trusted friend, Defence Minister Tea Banh, on a diplomatic mission to Thailand, together with his son, Lt-General Hun Manet, Hun Sen succeeded both in mending a spat over Preah Vihear and border territory, and also in indirectly introducing his political heir to the outside world.

It shows how meticulous, tough and unpredictable Hun Sen has been during his past three decades in politics.

Hun Sen once courted controversy by appointing Thaksin Shinawatra as his government adviser on economic affairs - though mainly because Thaksin knew a lot of Western leaders and could bring investment to Cambodia.

Conversely, it is now Thaksin who should be seeking Hun Sen's advice on how to survive the long run in national politics.

Vint Chavala


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