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Whether it’s 12 or 15 years, how can ‘free’ schooling get...
June 30, 2016 1:00 am

Whether it’s 12 or 15 years, how can ‘free’ schooling get...

The seniormost bureaucrat at the Education Ministry doesn’t like the term “free education.” He prefers “no-expense-involved schooling” for Thai children.

Cultivating a sufficiency-philosophy mindset must start in Grade 1
June 23, 2016 1:00 am

Cultivating a sufficiency-philosophy mindset must start in Grade 1

A new book on the sufficiency economy philosophy makes a bold claim. The publication is titled “Sufficiency Thinking: Thailand’s Gift to an Unsustainable World”.

A revealing encounter with AIIB president Jin Liqun
June 16, 2016 1:00 am

A revealing encounter with AIIB president Jin Liqun

Anyone who asks the president of the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) if his new international financial institution is in fact part of China’s expanding diplomacy had better be prepared for a prolonged exchange. Jin Liqun doesn’t...

Encounter with Li Keqiang: Throw out the script
June 9, 2016 1:00 am

Encounter with Li Keqiang: Throw out the script

When the interview with Prime Minister Li Keqiang was set for editors of Asia News Network (ANN) at the ornate and imposing Great Hall of the People in Beijing on May 31, the official word was that only four questions would be accommodated.

Rule of law undermined by too many outdated laws
June 2, 2016 1:00 am

Rule of law undermined by too many outdated laws

When a country has too many archaic laws, the rule of law suffers. And if outdated or unenforceable legislation remains in the system, the nation’s legal, political and economic ecosystems get clogged up

Thailand 4.0: Will it move the country out of its ‘lost decade’?
May 26, 2016 1:00 am

Thailand 4.0: Will it move the country out of its ‘lost decade’?

With the country stuck in the middle-income trap for more than a decade, the government says it is now booting up “Thailand 4.0” to pluck the Kingdom from its “lost decade”.

Thai-Sino railway project: Neither side can afford a derailment
May 19, 2016 1:00 am

Thai-Sino railway project: Neither side can afford a derailment

The Thai-Sino railway project has been declared “back on track” after the 10th and latest round of talks in Beijing last week. If it’s back on track, does that mean the scheme had been derailed?

Referendum: The dos and don’ts, and the whys and hows
May 12, 2016 1:00 am

Referendum: The dos and don’ts, and the whys and hows

Confused about what you can and cannot do for the upcoming referendum on the constitution draft? You aren’t alone. In fact, you belong to the majority of people, who aren’t quite sure what the rules are - or aren’t.

Chat between Ma and Zuckerberg offers glimpse of our ‘virtual’...
May 5, 2016 1:00 am

Chat between Ma and Zuckerberg offers glimpse of our ‘virtual’...

Jack Ma, founder and CEO of Alibaba, met Mark Zuckerberg of Facebook for a lively conversation in Beijing recently. They talked about our machine-versus-man epoch as well as the need for China’s economy to embrace technology in all its forms.

Charter referendum: Shhh! Don’t tell me what you think!
April 28, 2016 1:00 am

Charter referendum: Shhh! Don’t tell me what you think!

It’s going to be a very interesting national referendum on August 7, when the country will decide whether or not to accept the draft of the new constitution. In the meantime nobody is sure of the ground rules for the run-up to the vote - and that...