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Emerging nexus of Myanmar-Thailand-China
August 22, 2016 1:00 am

Emerging nexus of Myanmar-Thailand-China

Aung San Suu Kyi’s five-day trip to China confirms the emergence of a new triangular strategic partnership involving Myanmar, Thailand and China. The three share a more than 4,605-kilometre border (Thailand-Myanmar 2,401; China-Myanmar 2,204 km.)

Asia must take charge of its future
August 15, 2016 1:00 am

Asia must take charge of its future

Whether billionaire Donald Trump becomes the next US president is not an issue.

ASEAN’S next move to ‘peace, stability and security’
August 8, 2016 1:00 am

ASEAN’S next move to ‘peace, stability and security’

Following the ruling by the Permanent Court of Arbitration (PCA) last month, Asean’s overall positions on the South China Sea have been strengthened.

Challenges to Taiwan’s SOUTHBOUND strategy
August 1, 2016 1:00 am

Challenges to Taiwan’s SOUTHBOUND strategy

Over the past few weeks, outbound travel bookings for Taiwan surged following the recent decision by President Tsai Ing-wen’s government to grant visa-free entries for Thai passport holders beginning today. Already, the estimated number of Thai...

Thailand’s balancing act in ties with Japan and China
July 25, 2016 1:00 am

Thailand’s balancing act in ties with Japan and China

Seventy years after World War II, Japan has approached Thailand as a potential ally in responding to the new strategic environment in the Asia-Pacific region. Having adopted a more assertive stance on security, Japan is seeking to challenge China’s...

Cambodia remains Asean’s maverick
July 18, 2016 1:00 am

Cambodia remains Asean’s maverick

By the end of this week, the international community will find out whether history will repeat itself, as in 2012. Much depends on Cambodia’s maverick position on the South China Sea conflict. As the Asean chair at the time, Phnom Penh took the...

Asean and China must find a ‘new comfort level’
July 11, 2016 1:00 am

Asean and China must find a ‘new comfort level’

At Kunming last month, Asean and China tried very hard to create a “new comfort level”, hoping they could embark on another 25 years of trustful and prosperous relations and cooperation.

Despite setback, Thailand moving on with its UN platforms
July 4, 2016 1:00 am

Despite setback, Thailand moving on with its UN platforms

When the second round of voting was announced on Tuesday - that Thailand had received 55 and Kazakhstan 138 votes in the race for a non-permanent seat in the UN Security Council - there was a big jolt of disappointment among the Thai delegates...

Suu Kyi revives her father’s appeal for Thai-Myanmar ties
June 27, 2016 1:00 am

Suu Kyi revives her father’s appeal for Thai-Myanmar ties

“As regards to our future, our mutual interests and our past experience require that we should stand together. There must be no occasion for any misunderstanding between us, and no effort should be spared to foster still better and closer relations...

Nine reasons to back Thailand’s UN Security Council bid
June 20, 2016 1:00 am

Nine reasons to back Thailand’s UN Security Council bid

The last time Thailand sat in the United Nations Security Council was three decades ago, from 1986-87. Now, it is about time to move on to a different journey faced with rougher terrain and plateaus. Since the country formally announced its...