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North Korea: De-nuclearisation before reunification
May 30, 2016 1:00 am

North Korea: De-nuclearisation before reunification

Officials at the Ministry of Unification these days are enthusiastically telling visiting international journalists that South Korea’s top priority is to denuclearise North Korea, leaving the reunification effort as secondary. It has left a new...

Saving Thai-US relationship from abyss
May 23, 2016 1:00 am

Saving Thai-US relationship from abyss

Once again, the Thai-US relations have been played out on the media over the lese majeste law. Both sides have gone overboard with their different perceptions and approaches much to the detrimental of the time-tested 183-year-old relations. Since...

Unleashing the power in Myanmar-Thailand friendship
May 16, 2016 1:00 am

Unleashing the power in Myanmar-Thailand friendship

In her first meeting with Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha’s special envoy Don Pramudwinai, last week, Myanmar’s Foreign Minister Aung San Suu Kyi was succinct in thanking the current Thai government for improving the working and welfare...

Old Bangkok-Colombo axis re-emerging
May 9, 2016 1:00 am

Old Bangkok-Colombo axis re-emerging

THAILAND’S RELATIONS with Sri Lanka date back to the 12th century when their Buddhist monks travelled across the vast Indian Ocean exchanging Sanskrit scripts and interpretations. The current Siam Nigaya (sect) of Buddhism is the testimony to a...

Sino-Thai railway negotiations on a rickety track
May 2, 2016 1:00 am

Sino-Thai railway negotiations on a rickety track

Four decades of solid Thailand and China relations have almost been derailed by their failure to reach a final agreement on the construction of a high-speed train system. After nine rounds of back and forth negotiations since January 2015, Thailand...

Dos and don’ts for FM Aung San Suu Kyi
April 25, 2016 1:00 am

Dos and don’ts for FM Aung San Suu Kyi

For the first time in its history, there will be a Nobel Peace laureate and the world’s most famous political icon in the family of the Asean Ministerial Meeting (AMM), which serves as the Asean annual meeting. Myanmar’s new Foreign Minister...

Changes needed for Prayut to implement his vision
April 18, 2016 1:00 am

Changes needed for Prayut to implement his vision

After watching Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha’s weekly update on Thailand during Songkran, my level of adrenalin shot up. As usual he spoke candidly without any pretention. Knowingly or not, he split the beans about his thoughts on the...

Media still disconnected from Asean Community
April 11, 2016 1:00 am

Media still disconnected from Asean Community

Today marks the hundredth day of the Asean Community. The media communities in the 10 member countries are still nursing a hangover. But this was not a hangover they had just acquired overnight.

Hun Sen’s cabinet reshuffle sends a strong signal
April 4, 2016 1:00 am

Hun Sen’s cabinet reshuffle sends a strong signal

The departure of veteran Cambodian Foreign Minister Hor Namhong represents a milestone in the nation’s recent political and diplomatic annals. Prime Minister Hun Sen has never reshuffled his foreign ministry in this way before.

NLD-led Myanmar’s upcoming challenges
March 21, 2016 1:00 am

NLD-led Myanmar’s upcoming challenges

After months of negotiations over the transition of power following the landslide victory by the National League of Democracy (NLD) last November, it is clear the country’s new President U Htin Kyaw has to manage relations with the military, known...