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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...

Rebuilding Asean-China ties for the next 25 years
June 13, 2016 1:00 am

Rebuilding Asean-China ties for the next 25 years

When China attended the Asean meeting in Kuala Lumpur for the first time in 1991, nobody could have predicted that China-Asean relations would grow from strength to strength. Over 25 years, both sides have enjoyed the most unprecedented relations and...

Suu Kyi visit raises 3 major issues for her country and ours
June 6, 2016 1:00 am

Suu Kyi visit raises 3 major issues for her country and ours

The upcoming visit of Daw Aung Suu Kyi to Thailand marks an important milestone in Thai-Myanmar relations - for herself and her country, the most anticipated event since Myanmar achieved a freely and fairly elected government last November.

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...