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Thailand MUST NOT GIVE UP THE UNSC BID
August 24, 2015 1:00 am

Thailand MUST NOT GIVE UP THE UNSC BID

Despite all the odds and dysfunction - including the latest bomb carnage to hit Bangkok - Thailand must not give up its bid for a non-permanent seat at the UN Security Council (2017-2018). In fact, we should go all out for it.

Asean, China search for new model to work together
August 17, 2015 1:00 am

Asean, China search for new model to work together

For weeks, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi has painstakingly explained his country's position on the South China Sea dispute and recent progress in drafting a code of conduct for the area with Asean.

True meaning of Asean joint communiques
August 10, 2015 1:00 am

True meaning of Asean joint communiques

As in the previous five Asean foreign ministerial meetings since 2010, the South China Sea (SCS) conflict dominated the latest discussion between member countries and their dialogue partners.

Bangkok's take-away from Washington
August 3, 2015 1:00 am

Bangkok's take-away from Washington

Thailand should be grateful to the US regarding the latest Trafficking in Persons Report (TIP) because it helps to expose what are really inside the hearts and minds of Washington's policy-makers and how the world's most powerful country...

Thailand's Navy needs to get ship-shape
July 27, 2015 1:00 am

Thailand's Navy needs to get ship-shape

JUST IMAGINE these two scenarios: an aircraft falling from the sky into the Gulf of Thailand, or a large liner sinking in the Andaman Sea. What would be the response from the Royal Thai Navy? The answer is clear: nothing.

US political posturing kills Thai-US relations
July 20, 2015 1:00 am

US political posturing kills Thai-US relations

The latest strong condemnation by Washington of Thailand's action over the Uighur illegal immigrants has dampened any future amelioration of Thai-US relations.

Expect Thailand, Vietnam to embrace each other even more
July 13, 2015 1:00 am

Expect Thailand, Vietnam to embrace each other even more

When the Vietnamese Cabinet led by Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung arrives here on July 23-24 for an official visit - and later on to hold a joint cabinet meeting with his Thai colleague, General Prayut Chan-o-cha - Thai-Vietnam ties will be...

Can Asean centrality reduce major powers' rivalry?
July 6, 2015 1:00 am

Can Asean centrality reduce major powers' rivalry?

IF THE assessments of the 2015 US National Military Strategy released last week serves as a weather vane, the Asia-Pacific region in coming years is heading for stronger and colder headwinds. They will cause unpredictable turbulence as the US is...

The NCPO-media BLAMING GAME MUST STOP
June 29, 2015 1:00 am

The NCPO-media BLAMING GAME MUST STOP

The most damaging development in the past year has been the worsening relations between the current power wielders and Thai media.

Thai-China relations: THE NEXT 40 YEARS
June 22, 2015 1:00 am

Thai-China relations: THE NEXT 40 YEARS

On July 1, 1975, to prepare for the celebration of historic diplomatic ties with China, the Thai delegation headed by Prime Minister Kukrit Pramoj put on board the special TG flight five essential items: 200 durians, 50-packs of Samit Virginia...