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Time to get serious with the 'Asean Lane'
December 22, 2014 1:00 am

Time to get serious with the 'Asean Lane'

Last Thursday, the bosses at Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) inaugurated an "Asean Lane" for the group's passport holders, amid colourful banners and balloons. The special lane, covered with orange carpet, immediately drew a...

New constitution vs freedom of expression
December 15, 2014 1:00 am

New constitution vs freedom of expression

The members of the National Reform Committee (NRC)'s media and information and communications reform committee, have begun deliberating the new constitution and its relationship to free expression for the Thai people and freedom in the mass...

Reset the Thai-Malaysia peace efforts in South
December 8, 2014 1:00 am

Reset the Thai-Malaysia peace efforts in South

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha minced few words when he met with Prime Minister Najib Razak last Monday in Kuala Lumpur. "Malaysia is the one and only," he declared point-blank in English to Najib, referring unmistakably to his...

Stronger talk, more interaction needed to boost East Asia summits
December 1, 2014 1:00 am

Stronger talk, more interaction needed to boost East Asia summits

During the 2nd Asean-US summit in Nay Pyi Taw, Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen was the only leader who took US President Barack Obama to task on his policy towards Syria and the Islamic States.

Asean-Australia ties at 40: rising strategic partners
November 24, 2014 1:00 am

Asean-Australia ties at 40: rising strategic partners

Australia has been trying to place Asean on the central stage of its foreign policy for the past four decades

High expectations await Malaysia's Asean chair
November 17, 2014 1:00 am

High expectations await Malaysia's Asean chair

Whenever Malaysia chaired Asean in the past, exciting things often happened. This time will be no different. Following the better-than-average performance by the first-time outgoing chair, Myanmar, it is only natural that high expectations await the...

Pushing the East Asia Summit to a new level
November 10, 2014 1:00 am

Pushing the East Asia Summit to a new level

The East Asia Summit (EAS) in Nay Pyi Taw on Thursday could be a blessing or a curse for Asean's engagement with the major powers on two levels

Thai-China ties destined for new level of strategic significance
November 3, 2014 1:00 am

Thai-China ties destined for new level of strategic significance

Left unattended by the major Western powers following the May 22 coup, Thailand and China have quickly strengthened their relations - especially in longstanding defence cooperation.

Thai-US ties in 'Sleeping Beauty' mode
October 27, 2014 1:00 am

Thai-US ties in 'Sleeping Beauty' mode

To understand and appreciate the quintessential of Thai-US relations, one has to visit the 10x10 meter underground room at 2300 Kalorama Road -- the former Royal Thai Embassy. In this very room at the end January 1942, MR Seni Pramoj, the Thai...

Thai-Cambodian relations: Doing it right
October 20, 2014 1:00 am

Thai-Cambodian relations: Doing it right

Judging from the body language, Prime Minister General Prayut Chan-o-cha got along fine with Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen when they held their first bilateral talks on the sideline of the Asia-Europe Meeting in Milan last week.