What advent of virtual banks could mean to customers and markets

What difference can virtual banks make in a financial market where depositors are not happy with the low interest rates offered by commercial banks while borrowers are fretting about higher…

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File photo : • Britain’s Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Deputy Prime Minister Oliver Dowden //AFP

US, UK, NZ accuse China of cyber attacks on ‘democratic institutions’

Wellington, New Zealand – The United States, Britain and New Zealand have accused Beijing-backed cyber groups of being behind a series of attacks against lawmakers and key democratic institutions — allegations…

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US President Joe Biden//AFP

Biden to host Philippines, Japan leaders to counter China

US President Joe Biden will hold the first three-way summit with the leaders of the Philippines and Japan next month, the White House said Monday, as the United States boosts…

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US ambassador says Beijing stance on TikTok ban ‘supremely ironic’

Beijing, China – The US ambassador to China said Friday that Beijing’s position on a potential TikTok ban in the United States was “supremely ironic” given the ruling Communist Party’s censorship…

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File photo : China’s Foreign Minister Wang Yi .//AFP

China FM warns Taiwanese people seeking independence will be ‘liquidated by history’

Beijing, China – China’s foreign minister warned Thursday that people in Taiwan seeking independence would be “liquidated by history”, as Beijing amps up its stern rhetoric towards the self-ruled island it…

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File photo : PM Srettha Thavisin greets Chinese tourists at Suvarnabhumi Airport last year.

Will visa waivers help Thailand’s tourism regain pre-pandemic levels?

Thai tourists are excited at the permanent visa-free agreement signed by Thailand and China, which would make travel for citizens of both countries easy, with large-scale implications for tourism. Chairat…

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Thai exports are rebounding but huge trade deficit with China poses a threat

Exports are bringing cheer to Thailand’s gloomy economy, growing 10 per cent year on year in January, the highest in 19 months.   The January results marked six consecutive months of export…

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Chinese tourists in Thai traditiona (Temple of Dawan).

Unlocking borders: Thailand and China enter ‘visa-free era’ for tourists

For the first time since the two countries established modern-day diplomatic ties almost 50 years ago, Thai tourists will be allowed visa-free entry to China from March 1. Excitement is…

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Pattaya police collect evidence at the crime scene.

Man arrested in Pattaya following vicious attack on Chinese tourist

Pattaya police have arrested a 41-year-old Thai man for attempting to rob, rape, detain and set fire to a Chinese tourist in Chon Buri province on Sunday. The suspect, identified…

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File photo : Yang Jun//Reuters

Australian writer will not appeal suspended China death sentence

Chinese-Australian dissident Yang Jun will not appeal a suspended death sentence imposed by a Beijing court, his family said Wednesday in a statement denouncing China’s “inhumane” justice system.  Yang was…

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Srettha wishes for prosperous year for Thai-Chinese relationship.

Prime Minister Srettha Thavisin delivered his Chinese New Year message today, wishing a prosperous year for the relationship, trade and investment between Thailand and China and increased visits by the…

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The graphic depicts the rotation of online gambling workers and scammers around Thailand.

Thais rescued from forced labour in Myanmar to return home on Wednesday

Ninety-two Thai nationals, lured to work in casinos in the Myawaddy district of Kayin state in Myanmar and who were rescued by Myanmar authorities, are due to return to Thailand…

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China’s Foreign Minister Wang Yi shakes hands with US security advisor Jake Sullivan during a meeting in Bangkok last week.

Latest China-US thaw welcomed

Last week, China’s Foreign Minister Wang Yi and US National Security Advisor Jack Sullivan held two days of talks at a five-star hotel in Bangkok. The outcome of their in-depth…

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This handout from the Royal Thai Government taken and released on January 29, 2024 shows Thailand’s Prime Minister Srettha Thavisin (R) shaking hands with China’s Foreign Minister Wang Yi in Bangkok. (Photo by Handout / ROYAL THAI GOVERNMENT / AFP)

China to lend Thailand a new panda – PM

China has agreed to lend a new panda to Thailand and has expressed interest in the land bridge mega project, Prime Minister Srettha Thavisin said today, following his discussion with…

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 ‘Generation Rent’ surges in Thailand as homes become increasingly unaffordable

The story about a large Chinese family in Henan paying US$140 (about 5,000 baht) a day to stay in a hotel suite for over 200 days rather than buy a…

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China, Thailand sign mutual visa waiver agreements

Thailand and China agreed on Sunday to waive visa requirements for each other’s nationals to facilitate travel and tourism between the two countries, hurt by COVID-19. Thai Foreign Minister Parnpree…

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Photo shows US National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan (L) and Chiina’s Foreign Minister Wang Yi/ (R)./AFP

Thailand plays no role in organizing US-China Talks : spokesperson

Thailand is pleased to have served as the venue for a meeting between China’s Foreign Minister Wang Yi and US National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan who will meet to discuss…

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U.S. National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan attends a session during the 54th annual meeting of the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, January 16, 2024. REUTERS/Denis Balibouse

White House’s Sullivan, China’s foreign minister to discuss ties, Taiwan in Bangkok

US-China ties and Taiwan will be topics raised at a meeting between the U.S. National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan and Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi in Bangkok, building on a…

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File photo : Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi//AFP

Thai-China visa exemption to be signed during Wang Yi’s visit

State Councillor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi of China will commence his four-day official visit to Thailand today, according to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs’s press release. During his four-day…

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China sees one of its worst years of growth since 1990 as recovery stalls

China’s economy last year grew at one of its slowest rates in more than three decades, official figures showed Wednesday, as it was battered by a crippling property crisis, sluggish…

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Taiwan’s president-elect vows to defend island from China threats

Taiwan’s president-elect Lai Ching-te vowed Saturday to defend the self-ruled island from “intimidation” by China, after voters defied warnings from Beijing and swept him to election victory. Lai — branded…

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A mobile phone screen shows a blocked Weibo page about Taiwan’s election, on Pingtan Island, the closest point in China to Taiwan’s main island, in China’s southeast Fujian province, on January.//AFP

China’s Weibo blocks trending Taiwan election hashtag

Beijing, China – China’s Weibo social media platform blocked a hashtag on Taiwan’s election Saturday after it became one of the site’s top-trending topics following polls opening on the self-ruled island….

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People wait in line to vote in the presidential election at a polling station in an elementary school in New Taipei City on January 13.//AFP

Taiwan votes in key election under Chinese threats

Taipei, Taiwan – Millions of Taiwanese headed to the polls Saturday for a presidential election, following threats from China that choosing the wrong leader could set the stage for war on…

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File photo : Junta spokesman Brigadier General Zaw Min Tun//AFP

Myanmar junta, armed alliance confirm China-mediated ceasefire

Yangon, Myanmar – Myanmar’s military and an alliance of armed ethnic minority groups announced a ceasefire on Friday after months of conflict that has claimed hundreds of lives and posed the biggest…

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Alleged Malaysian drug lord in Thai police custody

Thai anti-narcotics officers have taken a Malaysian, alleged to be a major drug trafficker with connections in Thailand, Laos, China, Myanmar and Malaysia, into custody. The suspect, Ong Gim Wah,…

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With Taiwan vote, US believes tensions won’t go past simmer

Taiwan’s election had long loomed for US policymakers who feared a showdown with China. Ahead of the vote Saturday, Washington now largely expects to avoid near-term escalation — but is…

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Taiwan issues alert over China satellite as poll ramps up security fears

Taiwan issued a national emergency alert on Tuesday as China launched a satellite, days before the self-ruled island holds a crucial presidential election that has heightened security worries. The alert…

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Photo taken on Kinmen Island by Central News Agency on 1 November 2022.

Taiwan island scarred by China war prepares for key vote

Spikes jut from the beaches of Taiwan’s Kinmen island, military checkpoints serve as traffic roundabouts and bunkers double up as tourist cafes — reminders everywhere of the conflict decades earlier…

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Chinese online travel giant reveals 90% surge in searches about Thailand

Following the announcement of pre-travel visa exemptions for Chinese and Thai tourists starting March 1st, searches using Thailand-related keywords surged by 90% within an hour. Senior Director of Trip.com for…

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File photo : Thai PM Srettha Thavisin

Thais and Chinese to travel visa-free, starting March 1

Starting from March 1, Thais and Chinese traveling to each country will no longer need a visa, as part of the latest agreement between both governments, said Thai Prime Minister…

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This handout photo released by the Riverdale Police Department on January 1, 2024 shows authorities speaking to Kai Zhuang near the site where he was found in the mountains near Brigham City, Utah, on December 31, 2023, after being reported missing. A Chinese exchange student who fell victim to a “cyber kidnapping” scam in which his parents were extorted for $80,0000, was found alive but “cold and scared” in a tent in the Utah wilderness, police said. //AFP

Chinese student found in US woods after ‘cyber kidnapping’ scam

A Chinese exchange student who fell victim to a “cyber kidnapping” scam in which his parents were extorted for $80,000, was found alive but “cold and scared” in a tent…

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China says Taiwan ‘hyping up’ election interference claims

China’s defence ministry on Thursday accused Taiwan’s leadership of “hyping up” claims that Beijing is interfering in the self-ruled island’s upcoming presidential election.  Taipei officials have repeatedly raised concerns about…

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Human smuggling investigation on Phuket expands

Police on the island province of Phuket have expanded their investigation into human smuggling activities, after rounding up some 28 Chinese nationals who exploited tourist visas to work at a…

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File photo : Xiangqi

Chinese chess rocked by cheating rumours, bad behaviour scandal

The world of Chinese chess is in uproar over rumours of cheating and a bad behaviour scandal that saw the national champion stripped of his title Monday after a victory…

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Thailand to join the 4th Mekong Lancang Cooperation Summit online

Prime Minister Srettha Thavisin will join the fourth Mekong-Lancang Cooperation (MLC) Leaders’ Meeting via video conference next week, said an informed government source. Srettha will join Chinese Premier Li Qiang…

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File photo :L Pedestrians walk on an overpass as traffic snarls amid haze from air pollution in Beijing on November 1, 2023.

China air pollution worsens in 2023, first time in decade: study

Beijing, China – China’s air pollution worsened in 2023, the first time it has done so in a decade, a study released on Friday said.  “2023 is the first year that China’s…

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2023’s top stories: Tourism in the driver’s seat as Thai economy trundles towards recovery

The tourism sector is enjoying a major recovery in 2023 after years of slump following the debilitating pandemic. As of December 3, the number of foreign arrivals grew 175 per cent…

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2023’s top stories: Why Thailand’s long affair with giant pandas may be over

Thailand’s long love affair with giant pandas may be over after critics raised objections to another loan deal with China. The curtain came down on the kingdom’s two-decade affair this…

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Collapsed buildings are seen after an earthquake in Dahejia, Jishishan County, in northwest China’s Gansu province on December 19, 2023. At least 111 people were killed when an earthquake collapsed buildings in northwest China, state media reported on December 19, as rescue workers raced to start digging through rubble. STR / AFP

More than 110 dead in northwest China earthquake

At least 111 people were killed when an earthquake collapsed buildings in northwest China, state media reported Tuesday, as rescue workers raced to start digging through rubble. About 100 were…

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File photo : Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Wang Wenbin//AFP

China slams ‘smearing’ of Belt and Road project after Italy withdraws

Beijing, China – China on Thursday slammed what it called the “smearing” of its Belt and Road infrastructure project after Italy said it would withdraw four years after it became the only G7 nation…

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This photo taken on October 19 shows Chinese national Yin Wenhui (L), 31, attending Muay Thai training in the northern Thai city of Chiang Mai. //AFP

Freedom and dignity: Millennial Chinese leave China for Thailand

Chiang Mai – Hitting tennis balls across a tree-lined court in Thailand’s mountainous north, Connie Chen’s weekly private training session is a luxury the Chinese national could barely afford when…

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This handout photograph taken and released by the Myanmar’s Military Information Team on November 27, 2023 shows a China navy ship arriving at Thilawa port in Yangon.//AFP

China navy ships arrive in Myanmar for joint drills

Yangon, Myanmar – Three Chinese navy ships have arrived in Myanmar for joint drills with its navy, the country’s junta said, as a border conflict strains ties between the Southeast Asian nation and its…

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Chinese beggars arrested in Bangkok working the region

An investigation into the six Chinese beggars recently arrested in Bangkok has revealed that some had previously worked as beggars in Malaysia and Singapore, according to a senior Thai immigration…

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Relatives of passengers of the missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 hold a sign reading “Malaysia Airlines MH370 cases” close to a court building in Beijing on November 27, 2023. A Beijing court on November 27 began hearing compensation cases filed by the families of dozens of Chinese people who died on board a Malaysia Airlines flight that disappeared almost 10 years ago. (Photo by Pedro PARDO / AFP)

Beijing court begins compensation hearings for MH370 victims

A Beijing court on Monday began hearing compensation cases filed by the families of dozens of Chinese people who died on board a Malaysia Airlines flight that disappeared almost 10…

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Thai Health Ministry dealing with potential spread of respiratory illness from China

The Thai Ministry of Public Health has adopted four precautionary measures to cope with a respiratory illness which is now spreading among children in northern China. Several experts in infectious…

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Members of the Myanmar National Democratic Alliance Army pose for a photograph in October with weapons allegedly seized from a Myanmar army outpost on a hill in Chinshwehaw town, Myanmar. Photo: The Kokang online media via AP

Chinese military holds training drills near Myanmar border

Shanghai – China’s military will begin “combat training activities” from Saturday on its side of the border with Myanmar, it said on social media, a day after a convoy of…

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A suspicious person who was seen begging at the Lat Krabang evening market

Chinese beggars taking advantage of visa exemption to operate in Thailand

Six Chinese nationals, who were found begging in Bangkok and are now in police custody, entered Thailand legally, taking advantage of visa-free entry for Chinese tourists. The beggars, some of…

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Investigation ordered into Chinese beggars in Bangkok

Social Development and Human Security Minister Varawut Silpa-archa has ordered an urgent investigation into the presence of numerous Chinese beggars in Bangkok, to uncover whether international human trafficking is involved….

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US President Joe Biden (R) and Chinese President Xi Jinping walk together after a meeting during the APEC) Leaders’ week in Woodside, California on November 15.//AFP

Biden, Xi compete for Asia-Pacific allies at summit

San Francisco, United States – – US President Joe Biden and his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping made rival bids to win over Asia-Pacific allies at a summit in San Francisco Thursday, just…

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No clear path to substitute China-made submarine with a frigate

A plan floated by the new civilian government to swap the procurement of a Chinese-made submarine with a frigate is hanging in the balance as the Defense Ministry has failed…

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Laukkai town//Photo by Myanmar Skyline

Fighters from Myanmar ethnic minority say surrounded notorious scam town

Yangon, Myanmar – Fighters from a Myanmar ethnic minority said Tuesday they had surrounded a town controlled by pro-military militia near the China border where hundreds of foreigners, including Thais,…

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File photo : Chinese tourists enjoy their time in Thailand.

Those in Pattaya welcome Chinese police in Thailand

The concept of having Chinese police patrol with Thai counterparts in Thailand has met with a mixed reaction with those in Pattaya expressing support. Rumpueng ‘Lisa’ Hamilton, president of the…

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File photo : PM Srettha Thavisin

Idea of joint patrol with Chinese police a miscommunication : PM

Prime Minister Srettha Thavisin says he has never talked about inviting Chinese police to come to Thailand to join their Thai counterparts on patrols in tourist destinations, to boost the…

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File photo : National Police Commissioner Pol Gen Torsak Sukvimol

Top cop rejects presence of Chinese police in Thailand

The national police commissioner has opposed the concept of inviting Chinese police to patrol with their Thai counterparts, ostensibly to increase the safety of Chinese tourists. Pol Gen Torsak Sukvimol…

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Tourists take a selfie with Chinese police officers in Dubrovnik, Croatia, on Aug. 9, 2019. (Xinhua/Gao Lei)

Chinese police operating in other countries is nothing new

Joint patrols with Chinese police outside China, to help handle the safety of Chinese tourists and interests, may be a new concept to Thai public, but China has had cooperation…

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Former deputy director of National Intelligence Agency Nantiwat Samart

Chinese police presence in Thailand a “slap in the face” : ex-NIA deputy director

Former deputy director of National Intelligence Agency Nantiwat Samart has questioned the concept of inviting Chinese police to join their Thai counterparts on patrol in main tourist provinces, ostensibly to…

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China Coast Guard vessel (L) blocks the ML Kalayaan chartered supply boat (R) during a mission to deliver provisions at Second Thomas Shoal in the South China Sea on November 10,//AFP

Chinese vessels in high-seas chase of Philippine boat with media

South China Sea – As a Philippine Coast Guard rubber boat carrying journalists sped towards Filipino troops on a grounded navy vessel in the disputed South China Sea, three Chinese speed…

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Workers sort packages for delivery ahead of the Singles’ Day shopping festival at a logistics center in Zouping, in China’s eastern Shandong province on November 10.//AFP

China’s ‘Singles Day’ shopping bonanza loses its lustre

Beijing, China – China’s annual “Singles Day” sales bonanza wraps up at midnight on Saturday, but consumers this year appear largely unswayed by its flashy deals and discounts as the world’s…

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This picture taken on November 1, shows rescued cats gathering to eat at an animal shelter in Taicang, Jiangsu province.//AFP

China’s animal lovers fight illegal cat meat trade

Suzhou, China – When Han Jiali’s beloved cat Dabai was taken from her Shanghai home last year, she embarked on a hunt for her pet that took her deep into the bowels…

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File photo : Myanmar national flags//AFP

Armed rebellion risks break-up of Myanmar: junta-backed president

Yangon, Myanmar – Myanmar’s junta-backed president said the country is at risk of breaking apart if the military cannot crush a joint offensive by ethnic armed groups along the border with China,…

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This long exposure picture taken late on October 28, shows a missile fired from a Myanmar military base in Lashio township, northern Shan State.

China calls for immediate ceasefire in northern Myanmar fighting

China called on Thursday for an immediate ceasefire in fighting in northern Myanmar, after the Myanmar military said it had lost control of a strategic northern town on the Chinese…

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Blackpink’s Lisa dazzles at ‘Crazy Horse’ in Paris

Blackpink star Lisa’s Weibo page disappears

Blackpink star Lisa’s Chinese social media page on Weibo appears to have been taken down, weeks after she performed a burlesque routine in Paris that sparked a huge debate on…

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A woman wears a mask as she rides her bicycle along a street near Tiananmen Square on the third day of a “red alert” for pollution in Beijing in 2015.//AFP

China’s smog problem explained

Beijing, China – A thick haze has this week smothered Beijing and surrounding areas, with tens of millions of people in northern China under severe pollution warnings. Here’s what you…

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File photo : The photo taken late on October 28shows a missile fired from a Myanmar military base in Lashio township, northern Shan State. //AFP

China security minister in Myanmar following border clashes

Yangon, Myanmar – China’s public security minister has held talks with Myanmar’s junta on establishing peace along their shared border, state media said Tuesday, following clashes between ethnic armed groups and…

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Immigration process eased for Malaysians using Sadao checkpoint

The Thai cabinet decided today (Tuesday) to exempt Malaysian tourists from needing to submit the “tor mor 6” immigration form to enter Thailand through the Sadao border checkpoint, to speed…

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Defence Minister Sutin Klungsang

Defence minister to testify to House committee on submarine deal

Thailand’s Defence Minister Sutin Klungsang said today (Monday) that he is ready to explain, to the House Military Affairs Committee, his decision to switch from procuring a submarine from China…

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In this photo released by Xinhua News Agency, Myanmar police hand over five telecom and internet fraud suspects to Chinese police at Yangon International Airport in Yangon, Myanmar, Aug. 26, 2023. / AP

China crackdown on cyber scams in Southeast Asia nets thousands but leaves networks intact

Zhang Hongliang, a former restaurant manager in central China, took various gigs in and outside China to support his family after losing his job during the COVID-19 pandemic. In March,…

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Royal Thai Navy to switch from a Chinese submarine to a frigate : Defence Minister

The Royal Thai Navy (RTN) has decided to switch from procuring a submarine from China to a frigate, estimated to cost 17 billion baht compared to the S26T Yuan-class submarine’s…

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China and Thailand should expedite building of the China-Thailand railway : Xi Jinping

Chinese President Xi Jinping told Thai PM Srettha Thavisin, during their bilateral meeting in Beijing, that the two countries should accelerate construction of the China-Thailand railway and expand cooperation in…

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Srettha touts advantages of “land bridge” project for Chinese investors

Prime Minister Srettha Thavisin says he has assured his Chinese counterpart, Li Qiang, that the land bridge mega project in southern Thailand will not only provide another shipping route, linking…

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Greener approach to China’s Belt and Road Initiative needed – Thai PM

Thailand believes that a greener approach to the development of China’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) is necessary for high-quality cooperation for common development and prosperity. Thailand intends to draw…

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From L, Thai PM Srettha Thavisin, China’s President Xi Jinping and his wife, Peng Liyuan during an opening ceremony of the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) forum in Beijing.

China’s Xi calls for efforts to fight cross-border crimes with Thailand

Beijing  – China and Thailand should step up efforts to crack down on cross-border crimes such as telecommunications fraud and online gambling, President Xi Jinping told Thai Prime Minister Srettha…

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TAT asks for Bt600m to promote tourism during the fourth quarter of this year

The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) is seeking Bt600 million from the Central Fund for a tourism promotion campaign and the holding of events, domestically and abroad, highlighting the architectural…

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Russia’s President Vladimir Putin shakes hands with Thailand’s Prime Minister Srettha Thavisin on the sidelines of the Third Belt and Road Forum in Beijing on October 17.//AFP

Srettha meets Putin in Beijing

Thailand’s Prime Minister Srettha Thavisin met with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Beijing this evening to discuss bilateral issues, according to the Thai Government House. It said in a Facebook…

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Prime Minister Srettha Thavisin arrives in Beijing on Monday night to attend forum on the Belt and Road initiative.

Srettha in China for Belt and Road forum

Thailand’s Prime Minister Srettha Thavisin has started a four-day visit to China. Today (Tuesday), he will attend an international forum on China’s Belt and Road Initiative in Beijing. This is…

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PM Srettha to visit China for talks with Xi

Prime Minister Srettha Thavisin will visit China next week, to hold talks with President Xi Jinping and attend the Belt and Road Forum (BRF), according to informed government sources. Srettha…

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Taiwan’s leader, Tsai Ing-wen, delivered a speech in front of Presidential Hall in Taipei on 10 October, Taiwan’s National Day. Photo by Taiwan’s Central News Agency.

Taiwan leader vows island will be democratic ‘for generations’

Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen said on Tuesday that democracy had thrived on the island despite increased Chinese pressure, and vowed that its people would remain “free for generations”. China claims…

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A visitor looks at an audio/visual interpretation of a painting entitled ‘Dwelling in the Fuchun Mountains’ at the National Palace Museum in Taipei, June 1, 2011. REUTERS/Pichi Chuang/File Photo

Two elves and a scroll: China military releases animation on Taiwan ‘reunification’

The Chinese military released an animated short film on National Day showing pieces of a scroll painting torn in two more than 300 years ago being reunited, in a show…

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Myanmar junta angry at China over crime blockbuster ‘tarnishing’

Yangon, Myanmar – Myanmar’s junta has lashed out at close ally China over a blockbuster film on human trafficking and scam compounds that has “tarnished” its reputation, state media reported…

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The first prototype, named “Hai Kun” in Chinese, meaning “mythical sea creature”. Photo was taken by Taiwan’s Central News Agency.

Taiwan unveils first domestically built submarine

Taiwan unveiled its first domestically built submarine Thursday as the massively outgunned island seeks to bolster defences against China, which slammed the strategy as “idiotic nonsense”. China claims self-ruled Taiwan…

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Blockbuster movie scares Chinese tourists away from Thailand

For millions of Chinese tourists, Thailand used to be a happy land of water fights, lantern festivals and delicious food. But thanks to social media rumours and a blockbuster movie,…

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Transport minister vows to press ahead with land bridge mega project

Transport ministry will press ahead with the land bridge project, to link a deep-sea port in Ranong  on the west coast with a deep-sea port in Chumphon on the east…

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PM Srettha is visiting Beijing in early October

Prime Minister Srettha Thavisin will fly to Beijing early next month for a three-day official visit, a highly placed source said yesterday (Sunday). China will be the first country Srettha…

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Visa exemptions for China and Kazakhstan nationals start on September 25

Thailand will grant visa exemption to Chinese and Kazakhstani tourists, starting on September 25, in an effort to boost arrivals over the yearend, said PM Srettha Thavisin on Wednesday. The…

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Vietnam’s Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh (2R), US President Joe Biden and US Secretary of State Antony Blinken (L) hold a meeting with CEOs at the Government Office in Hanoi on September 11, 2023. The United States and Vietnam warned against the “threat or use of force” in the disputed South China Sea, days after the latest clash involving Chinese vessels. SAUL LOEB / AFP

US, Vietnam warn against ‘threat or use of force’ in South China Sea

The United States and Vietnam warned on Monday against the “threat or use of force” in the disputed South China Sea, days after the latest clash involving Chinese vessels. President…

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US President Joe Biden attends the launch of the Global Biofuels Alliance at the G20 summit in New Delhi on September 9,.//AFP

US and Vietnam set to expand ties as China worries grow

US President Joe Biden arrives in Vietnam on Sunday set to deepen cooperation between the two nations, in the face of China’s growing ambitions in the region. Biden — who…

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An H2-A rocket carrying a small lunar surface probe and other objects lifts off from the Tanegashima Space Centre on Tanegashima island, Kagoshima prefecture on September 7.//AFP

Japan launches ‘Moon Sniper’ mission

Tokyo, Japan – Japan’s “Moon Sniper” mission blasted off Thursday as the country’s space programme looks to bounce back from a string of recent mishaps, weeks after India’s historic lunar…

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China’s Premier Li Qiang (L) speaks during the 26th ASEAN-China Summit at the 43rd ASEAN Summit in Jakarta on September 6, 2023./ AFP

China warns against ‘new Cold War’ as big powers meet in SE Asia

China’s premier said on Wednesday major powers must oppose a new Cold War, a thinly veiled reference to Washington as top Asian and US officials gathered for talks in Indonesia….

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Three treasure hunters nabbed with over 1,000 antiques

Central Investigation Bureau (CIB) officers have arrested three treasure hunters and seized over 1,000 antique items, some of which are thought to be over 1,600 years old. Four metal detectors,…

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Thailand may grant visa exemption for Chinese tourists in October

The Thai government is likely to introduce visa exemption for Chinese tourists in an effort to boost arrivals over yearend, as arrivals during the first seven months of this year…

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A man looks at fallen trees following Super Typhoon Saola, in Hong Kong, China September 2, 2023. REUTERS/Tyrone Siu

Typhoon Saola makes landfall in Guangdong after slamming Hong Kong, Macau

Typhoon Saola made landfall in the southern Chinese province of Guangdong early on Saturday as violent winds lashed nearby Shenzhen, Hong Kong and Macau, leaving at least one dead and…

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Police and security personnel stand outside the entrance of the Japanese embassy in Beijing on Aug 26, 2023. Security has been increased at the embassy since the release of waste water at the Fukushima nuclear plant in Japan on Aug 24. Photo by Agence France-Presse,

Brick thrown at Japan embassy in China in Fukushima spat

Japan said Tuesday that harassment being faced by Japanese in China after the release of water from the Fukushima nuclear plant was “extremely regrettable”, confirming that a brick was thrown…

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The expansion of BRICS and its implications

The recent BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa) summit has dominated the global news headlines for weeks because of its growing membership and bold visions. Obviously, for developing…

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PM to look into extending tourist visas to 90 days

The new government will consider extending tourist visa validities from 30 days to 90 days and the easing of immigration procedures, to make them more convenient for foreign tourists, said…

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Thailand’s exports drop for 7 straight months, 5.5% year-on-year

Thailand’s exports for the first seven months of this year dropped by 5.5% year-on-year to US$163.3 billion. Imports fell by 4.7 % year-on-year to US$171.5 billion. This has resulted in…

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The EEC agenda for the next government

The new government will face serious challenges in accelerating the development of the country’s flagship Eastern Economic Corridor (EEC), which was launched with the vision of creating a next-generation growth…

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Bangkok-Nong Khai high-speed train expected to enter service in 2027

Construction of the Thai-Chinese high-speed train between Bangkok and the north-eastern border province of Nong Khai is progressing satisfactorily, with the construction of the 250.77km section between Bangkok and Nakhon…

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Taiwan’s vice president, William Lai, transited in San Francisco on 16 August. Picture on the official website of Taiwan’s Central News Agency.

Taiwan VP in eye of the storm as China drills to protest US visit

Taiwan’s vice president and front-runner to be the island’s next president, William Lai, is in the eye of the storm after China launched widely expected drills near Taiwan in an…

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The photo shows people looking at the site of a deadly landslide at an unregulated jade mine near northern Kachin’s Hpakant township. //AFP

At least 25 missing after Myanmar jade mine landslide

At least 25 people are missing after a landslide at an unregulated jade mine in a remote region of Myanmar, rescue workers said Monday. The incident on Sunday outside northern…

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Thailand seeks help from MRC over rising water level in Mekong River

Thailand is seeking help from the Mekong River Commission (MRC) to get China and Laos to manage the discharge of water downstream from their dams properly, as the rising level…

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