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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.

Thai diplomacy of 'first come, first serve'
October 13, 2014 1:00 am

Thai diplomacy of 'first come, first serve'

It does not take rocket science to figure out the direction of Thai foreign policy - especially after the post-coup era and ongoing international pressure over the state of democracy here. Everybody knows full well Thailand's diplomacy and...

Prayut's media skills need some honing
October 6, 2014 1:00 am

Prayut's media skills need some honing

As a journalist over three decades, I have never witnessed such an incomprehensible and embarrassing exchange between a Thai prime minister and reporters.

Time for Thailand to develop smart power
September 29, 2014 1:00 am

Time for Thailand to develop smart power

At the Blitz Megaplex Grand Indonesia in Jakarta early this month, local fans thronged the "standing room only" waiting area for their Thai heartthrobs - Juthawut Pathakamphol, Thanaphop Leerattakajorn and Supasssara Thanachai - from the...

As the world watches, PM Prayuth goes abroad
September 22, 2014 1:00 am

As the world watches, PM Prayuth goes abroad

Now it is time to show the world what kind of person is Prime Minister Gen Prayuth Chan-ocha. The world's microscope will be zero in on him when he visits Milan for the 10th Asia-Europe Summit on 16-17 October in Italy.