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Thailand’s challenges on TPP framework
February 15, 2016 1:00 am

Thailand’s challenges on TPP framework

Thailand has decided to join the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP). That will be the key message Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha will deliver to President Barack Obama at the special Asean-US meeting today and tomorrow at Sunnylands, California.

Thailand awaits new NLD-led government
February 8, 2016 1:00 am

Thailand awaits new NLD-led government

Myanmar has now become Thailand’s most pivotal neighbouring country following its recent election won overwhelming by the opposition party, the National League for Democracy, led by Daw Aung San Suu Kyi. The reason behind this impression is quite...

Asean searches new strategic ties with US and China
February 1, 2016 1:00 am

Asean searches new strategic ties with US and China

This year promises to be the best year for Asean and China, as their relations enter the second quarter-century or “diamond decade” (26th year of relationship anniversary) - as China would put it. However, it seems for now, other events have...

In memoriam: ACM Siddhi Savetsila
January 25, 2016 1:00 am

In memoriam: ACM Siddhi Savetsila

“China was Thailand’s enemy No.1 - but we had to go with the flow at the UN,” Foreign Minister ACM Siddhi Savetila disclosed recently about the decision to recognise China in 1975.

Asean needs stronger leadership in 2016
January 18, 2016 1:00 am

Asean needs stronger leadership in 2016

A joint statement recently issued by the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) on North Korea’s recent nuclear test was spelled out in 119 carefully selected words. At best, it was muted and conveyed a surprisingly detached position. It...

Thai intelligence agencies need a revamp
January 11, 2016 1:00 am

Thai intelligence agencies need a revamp

Thailand needs new corps of intelligence officials who have a broader knowledge of their country and of events abroad, especially of neighbouring countries. Such officials must also be able to draw up recommendations that help decision-makers adopt...

Diplomatic test for 2016: avoiding contradiction, inconsistency
January 4, 2016 1:00 am

Diplomatic test for 2016: avoiding contradiction, inconsistency

Thailand’s diplomats will face a tough time this year due mainly to contradiction and inconsistency manifested by the government, especially on abuses of civil and political rights.

Have Thai-US ties reached a ‘new normal’?
December 28, 2015 1:00 am

Have Thai-US ties reached a ‘new normal’?

“Diplomacy is a great business,” said a diplomat from the world’s most powerful country to representatives at a Young Southeast Asia Leaders’ Initiative, held recently in Bangkok.

Cambodia-Thailand: best of time for now
December 21, 2015 1:00 am

Cambodia-Thailand: best of time for now

Since 1950 when the two nations established diplomatic ties, relations between Thailand and Cambodia in the past 65 years have often been described as endless roller coaster rides. However, today the ride has become smoother

Asean awaits - nervously - a new Myanmar
December 14, 2015 1:00 am

Asean awaits - nervously - a new Myanmar

After a successful election early last month, which handed down a landslide victory to Daw Aung San Suu Kyi's National League of Democracy, there is a growing sense of anxiety within Asean about what kind of a new Myanmar is emerging.