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Challenges to Taiwan’s people-centred diplomacy
September 26, 2016 1:00 am

Challenges to Taiwan’s people-centred diplomacy

On a recent flight (TG 636) from Suvarnabhumi Airport to Taipei, more than half the passengers aboard the plane carried Thai names. They were among several thousand tourists flocking to the island since August following the new visa-exemption policy.

Kudos to Asean chair Laos despite hiccups
September 19, 2016 1:00 am

Kudos to Asean chair Laos despite hiccups

By all accounts, Laos has performed well and managed its role efficiently, delivering nearly all of its pledges as the chair of Asean. The land-locked country also showed that it can both serve as a bridge between new and old members and at the same...

New politics of discourse - more humility and respect
September 12, 2016 1:00 am

New politics of discourse - more humility and respect

The way Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte responded to US questioning of his government’s handling of the anti-narcotics campaign showed that future relations between the world’s most powerful country and its closest Southeast Asian ally are...

Thailand boosts its international profile
September 5, 2016 1:00 am

Thailand boosts its international profile

Following the nod from the public to the new draft constitution last month, Thailand’s regional and international profile has improved. For now, the country will spend the rest of the year fully engaged with global communities. It is also moving...

China and Asean: Next 25-year cycle will be complicated
August 29, 2016 1:00 am

China and Asean: Next 25-year cycle will be complicated

After China’s Premier Li Keqiang outlined his new policy approach in front of Asean members in Bandar Seri Begawan in October 2013 - known as the “two plus seven” cooperative framework - nobody predicted it would then be shelved.

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...