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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...

Unleashing the power in Myanmar-Thailand friendship
May 16, 2016 1:00 am

Unleashing the power in Myanmar-Thailand friendship

In her first meeting with Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha’s special envoy Don Pramudwinai, last week, Myanmar’s Foreign Minister Aung San Suu Kyi was succinct in thanking the current Thai government for improving the working and welfare...

Old Bangkok-Colombo axis re-emerging
May 9, 2016 1:00 am

Old Bangkok-Colombo axis re-emerging

THAILAND’S RELATIONS with Sri Lanka date back to the 12th century when their Buddhist monks travelled across the vast Indian Ocean exchanging Sanskrit scripts and interpretations. The current Siam Nigaya (sect) of Buddhism is the testimony to a...

Sino-Thai railway negotiations on a rickety track
May 2, 2016 1:00 am

Sino-Thai railway negotiations on a rickety track

Four decades of solid Thailand and China relations have almost been derailed by their failure to reach a final agreement on the construction of a high-speed train system. After nine rounds of back and forth negotiations since January 2015, Thailand...

Dos and don’ts for FM Aung San Suu Kyi
April 25, 2016 1:00 am

Dos and don’ts for FM Aung San Suu Kyi

For the first time in its history, there will be a Nobel Peace laureate and the world’s most famous political icon in the family of the Asean Ministerial Meeting (AMM), which serves as the Asean annual meeting. Myanmar’s new Foreign Minister...