Analysis

What’s at stake in Thailand’s nationwide local elections on Sunday

The first nationwide elections of all 5,300 sub-district administrative organizations (SAO) since the 2014 military coup take place this Sunday (Nov 28). This will be the first election in eight…

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President Joe Biden listens as he meets virtually with Chinese President Xi Jinping from the Roosevelt Room of the White House in Washington, Nov. 15, 2021. The Biden administration has invited Taiwan to its upcoming Summit for Democracy, prompting sharp criticism from China, which considers the self-ruled island as its territory. The invitation list features 110 countries, including Taiwan, but does not include China or Russia. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File)

Analysis – Democratic strategy of divide and rule

Finally, the list of 110 countries invited to attend the two-day “Summit for Democracy” on December 9th and 10th has been released. 21 countries in the East Asia Pacific region are among…

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Will consumers pay the price for True-Dtac mega-merger?

The proposed merger of telecom giants True Corporation Plc and Total Access Telecommunication Plc (Dtac) has drawn great public interest and sparked a debate on its impact on consumer welfare….

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Idealism or Reality – Can Thai diplomacy meet the aspirations of the new Gen?

“Idealism or Realism” – Can diplomacy serve the growing aspirations of young Thai leaders for greater engagement in world affairs while serving national interests, or is there more than meets…

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Charter change set to become big issue in Thailand’s general election

Democratic reformists in Thailand have hit a brick wall, after two constitutional amendment bills proposed by civic groups were rejected by Parliament in the space of a year. Politicians and…

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Chinese President Xi Jinping with ASEAN leaders in a virtual summit on November 22, 2021. Photo courtesy of the Chinese Embassy in Bangkok.

Analysis: Xi outlines future ASEAN-China ties

Attending the ASEAN-China summit for the first time in the three decades of their relations this morning, China’s President Xi Jinping made a strong impression on the ASEAN leaders in…

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(FILE) Chinese Vice President Xi Jinping and Vice President Joe Biden hold T-shirts students gave them at the International Studies Learning Center in South Gate, Calif., Feb. 17, 2012. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes, File)

Op-Ed: First round in Biden vs Xi bout a draw

The first meeting between US President Joe Biden and Chinese President Xi Jinping recently resulted in good outcomes, even though there were no breakthroughs. From now on, neither side will…

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Masked actors pose during an event organized by the Enigma Room escape game in Milan on November 14, 2021, where participants play some of the games of the world-famous South Korean TV survival drama television series “Squid Game”. (Photo by Piero CRUCIATTI / AFP)

Lessons for Thailand from South Korea’s soft power

For many years, South Korea has been projecting its soft power on the global stage, mainly through successful export of its teledramas, the increasingly popular K-pop music, Korean movies, and…

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This handout photo taken and released on April 24, 2021 by the Indonesian Presidential Palace shows Myanmar junta leader Min Aung Hlaing (L) being greeted during his arrival at Jakarta’s Soekarno-Hatta international airport in Tangerang, to attend the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) summit on the Myanmar crisis. HANDOUT / INDONESIAN PRESIDENTIAL PALACE / AFP

Op-Ed: Will Myanmar’s military junta soften up?

Just a few days after being sentenced to 11 years in prison, American journalist Danny Fenster was freed to go home. It was the first clear indication that Naypyidaw is…

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Anti-establishment protest in Bangkok Sunday November 15, 2021. (Photo by Thai PBS)

Verdict against monarchy reformers lights fuse for new round of Thai conflict: experts

Last week’s controversial Constitutional Court verdict is likely to rekindle Thailand’s political conflict and fan the flames among anti-establishment groups already furious over legal action stemming from the lèse-majesté law,…

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Two key education bills have sailed through the first reading in the parliament, despite warnings that it will seriously damage the quality of Thai education and offer no benefits for Thailand’s more than 10 million children. (Photo by Thai PBS)

New Thai education law will kill kids’ creativity, warn critics

Two key education bills have sailed through the first reading in the House of Representatives, despite warnings that both will seriously damage the quality of Thai education. Among those worried…

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A pro-democracy protester holds a sign refering to Thailand’s lese majeste royal defamation laws during in a demonstration marching toward the residence of Thailand’s Prime Minister Prayut Chan-O-Cha in Bangkok on February 28, 2021. (Photo by Jack TAYLOR / AFP)

Pheu Thai U-turn on lese majeste law is just part of its ‘fighting while kowtowing’ strategy

Main opposition party Pheu Thai has once again disappointed its reformist supporters, after backtracking on its maiden push to amend the lèse-majesté law. Pheu Thai pulled out of an effort…

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Bitkub takeover adds impetus to Thai digital asset market

The recent multibillion-baht acquisition of digital exchange Bitkub has stunned Thailand’s finance sector, especially the digital asset market. On November 2, Siam Commercial Bank announced its acquisition of a 51…

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Thammanat Prompow talked to the reporters at the government house about the conflicts in the Palang Pracharath Party on November 2, 2021.

All eyes on ruling party as Prayut-Thammanat battle rages on

A bitter conflict with Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha has resulted in Thammanat Prompao’s ouster from the Cabinet and civil war breaking out between rival factions in the ruling Palang Pracharath…

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Fintech revolution poses challenges to Thai consumers

Banks and big corporations have seen disruption of their business models, but they have adjusted their operations quickly enough to cope with radical changes in financial services. While Thai consumers…

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This handout photo released by the host broadcast, ASEAN Summit 2021, on October 26, 2021 shows US President Joe Biden (C) taking part in the ASEAN-US Summit on the sidelines of the 2021 Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) summits held online on a live video conference in Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei. (Photo by Handout / ASEAN Summit 2021 / AFP)

Analysis: Biden rejuvenates US-ASEAN ties

After four years of inertia, US-ASEAN ties have been rebooted and ASEAN centrality has been strengthened by the presence of President Joe Biden who decided, in the wee hours, to…

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