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2014 heralds new Great Game in Southeast Asia
December 23, 2013 1:00 am

2014 heralds new Great Game in Southeast Asia

The coming year will be tense and at times see confrontation among the major powers wanting to reach out to Southeast Asia and its vast maritime zones. Each player has set forth its game plans to preserve, and in certain cases expand, its sphere of...

Asean and Japan find new common ground
December 16, 2013 1:00 am

Asean and Japan find new common ground

The 1,512-word joint statement released by the Asean and Japanese leaders following their meeting last week in Tokyo said it all. Only the time-tested four-decade-old friendship could forge an encompassing declaration of a common vision of Asean and...

Time for the people to resume sovereignty
December 9, 2013 1:00 am

Time for the people to resume sovereignty

Much has been said and done along the 81-year-old winding road of Thailand's troubled democratic route. While Thai politics always befuddles analysts, Thai people still think democracy is the best form of government. And it shows.

So far - winners and losers in Thai unrest
December 2, 2013 1:00 am

So far - winners and losers in Thai unrest

The biggest winner of the month-long civil disobedience movement is the awakening of young Thais, who are twentyish equipped with smart phones and dozens of apps. They are no longer shy away from the so-called irritant social elements they used to...

Thailand as China coordinator: So far so good
November 25, 2013 1:00 am

Thailand as China coordinator: So far so good

No other Asean country has taken the role of coordinating Asean-China relations as seriously as Thailand. In fact, Bangkok is racing against time to ensure the remaining 18 months produce breakthroughs in one of its most important and complicated...

ICJ verdict: Implications for Thailand
November 18, 2013 1:00 am

ICJ verdict: Implications for Thailand

A week has elapsed after the International Court of Justice (ICJ) announced its verdict. The good news is there is no war between Thailand and Cambodia. But the bad news is it could happen anytime. Meanwhile the only consolidation news comes from the...

ICJ verdict: Prospects for Thai-Cambodian peace
November 11, 2013 1:00 am

ICJ verdict: Prospects for Thai-Cambodian peace

Today the International Court of Justice (ICJ) will deliver its verdict in the Preah Vihear/Phra Viharn dispute after more than 30 months of deliberation. The ICJ decided to wrap up the case ahead of a Peru-Chile maritime dispute following the Thai...

Spy me, spy you, sa-bai Thailand
November 4, 2013 1:00 am

Spy me, spy you, sa-bai Thailand

Last week's revelation that the US embassies in Jakarta, Kuala Lumpur, Phnom Penh, Yangon and Bangkok nested spying facilities produced were different reactions.

Saving Thailand from political apocalypse
October 28, 2013 1:00 am

Saving Thailand from political apocalypse

The Yingluck government aspires to transform Thailand into a leading member of the global community. The prime minister has travelled near and far promoting Thai-style democracy, even to the most obscure corners of the world. At numerous...

China's rebalancing strategies to Asean
October 21, 2013 1:00 am

China's rebalancing strategies to Asean

China has devised a set of comprehensive rebalancing strategies to Asean focusing on Indonesia, Malaysia and Thailand. They would strengthen Bejing's new diplomatic strongholds under the fifth generation leader, President Xi Jinping. Given the...