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Welcome to Thailand's diplomatic jamboree
October 19, 2015 1:00 am

Welcome to Thailand's diplomatic jamboree

Early October, Rear Admiral Simon Ancona, Assistant Chief of Defence Staff (CDS) from the United Kingdom was in Bangkok to "re-engage" Thailand after the power seizure last May. He was one of most senior defence officials from Europe to...

Thailand's single gateway is an abyss
October 12, 2015 1:00 am

Thailand's single gateway is an abyss

The controversial plan to impose a "Single Gateway" to control websites on the Internet will certainly damage, or even completely destroy, the accomplishments and reputation Thailand has been stocking up for decades, including those since...

No time to waste in rebuilding Thai-US ties
October 5, 2015 1:00 am

No time to waste in rebuilding Thai-US ties

THE Thai ambassador to Washington, Pisan Manawapat, said he will not waste a minute rebuilding Thailand's badly bruised relationship with the United States, especially since his counterpart, Glyn Davies, is on the ground back home. On Friday,...

Japan's security bills: Asean's big worry
September 28, 2015 1:00 am

Japan's security bills: Asean's big worry

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has finally pushed through controversial security bills. This new situation creates a dilemma for Asean, which has come to expect a calmer, more consensus-based approach from Japan.

Thailand's chance to boost its place in the world today
September 21, 2015 1:00 am

Thailand's chance to boost its place in the world today

Each year at this time, Thailand has the opportunity to display its public face for the world to see. The other 192 members of the United Nations will have the same opportunity to present their countries at their best or otherwise. This year...

US-China summit: ASEAN CENTRALITY AT RISK
September 14, 2015 1:00 am

US-China summit: ASEAN CENTRALITY AT RISK

There are three reasons why Asean leaders must pay serious attention to the outcome of the most anticipated state visit by Chinese President Xi Jinping and his summit with US President Barack Obama later this month. Their tete-a-tete will have...

Implications of Myanmar's election on Thailand
September 7, 2015 1:00 am

Implications of Myanmar's election on Thailand

The outcome of the November 8 election will impact on Thai-Myanmar relations in a variety of ways in the years to come. For the first time, the upcoming poll will represent a full-fetched electoral process in Myanmar under the watchful eyes of...

Imagining Thailand in the next 50 years
August 31, 2015 1:00 am

Imagining Thailand in the next 50 years

At a glance, it is ridiculous to propose to average Mr Somchai or Ms Somsri that they should start to think about how their country will look in 2065 - in 50 years time.

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.