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Cut the shackles, so Asean media can contribute to development goals
September 1, 2014 1:00 am

Cut the shackles, so Asean media can contribute to development goals

The Asean media landscape is unique and reflects the region's political and cultural diversities. After the grouping's enlargement in the late '90s to 10 members, the media community has come together gradually to forge common norms...

Can Asean be a recipient for the Nobel Peace Prize?
August 25, 2014 1:00 am

Can Asean be a recipient for the Nobel Peace Prize?

As Asean moves toward a single community by the end of next year, it is time to ponder if this family of ten could be a recipient of the prestigious Nobel Peace Prize.

Mid-term review of Myanmar's Asean chair
August 18, 2014 1:00 am

Mid-term review of Myanmar's Asean chair

With 135 days remaining as the current Asean chair, Myanmar has proved it can do the job effectively and protect Asean's interests. Nay Pyi Taw's 17-year wait was worthwhile for the challenges. The grouping's longest communique

NCPO must declare its key priorities on Asean - and soon
August 11, 2014 1:00 am

NCPO must declare its key priorities on Asean - and soon

Last month the National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) established a directorate centre to prepare Thailand for the arrival of the Asean Community (AC).

Hun Sen's charm offensive in Thailand
August 4, 2014 1:00 am

Hun Sen's charm offensive in Thailand

While staying behind in Phnom Pehn, Prime Minister Hun Sen was on a charm offensive in Thailand to hand an olive branch and show off his country's future leader. He dispatched all his top military brass, headed by Defence Minister Tea Banh, for...

Tenuous new relations in Asian diplomacy
July 28, 2014 1:00 am

Tenuous new relations in Asian diplomacy

The Dongwha Duty Free Shop in the Gwanghwamun district in downtown Seoul is regularly thronged with visitors from China, some of the 4 million who now visit South Korea annually, making it the top foreign tourist destination for Chinese travellers.

Bhutan: small kingdom with big diplomacy
July 21, 2014 1:00 am

Bhutan: small kingdom with big diplomacy

A small kingdom with 770,000 people nestled in the heart of the Himalayas and sandwiched by some 2.8 billion people from the world's two most populous nations

Thai-French ties: more than meets the eyes
July 14, 2014 1:00 am

Thai-French ties: more than meets the eyes

Streams of Thai investment in canned sea food, paper and petrochemical in recent years in France have contributed to the well beings of French people and improve their country's stuttering economy.

Indonesia's presidential race and Asean
July 7, 2014 6:26 am

Indonesia's presidential race and Asean

For Indonesians, only two choices come on Wednesday. The first candidate is an "ex-war commander" with a chequered history of rights abuses, Prabowo Subianto. The second is Joko Widodo or Jokowi, the charismatic governor of Jakarta with an...

NCPO urgently needs better media relations
June 30, 2014 1:00 am

NCPO urgently needs better media relations

The latest move by the National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) to micro-manage the traditional and new media after the May 22 power seizure could seriously tarnish or even paralyse the NCPO's public diplomacy within Thailand and abroad.