A press conference in Moscow. (Photo by Alexander NEMENOV / AFP)

Journalism fights against tyranny

Maria Ressa and Dimitry Muratov are very courageous journalists, enduring difficulties concocted by their governments to weaken or rather terminate their ability to do their jobs. President Rodrigo Duterte and President Vladimir…

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President Joe Biden apparently does not get satisfactory approval ratings from young Americans. (File Photo by Olivier DOULIERY / AFP)

Op-Ed: A US-China war is avoidable

US President Joe Biden has already reduced the possibility of waging war against China, by recognizing the “One-China” policy. Last week, Biden spoke to Chinese President Xi Jinping about Taiwan…

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Op-Ed: PM designated Fumio Kishida for a new Japan

Very few Thais are aware that it was former Japanese Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida, who saved Thailand-Japan relations from going down the drain in 2014. Nearly three months after the…

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OP-ED: England’s unfriendly travel regulations

It seems unbelievable that England has put in place a discriminatory policy that refuses to accept COVID-19 jabs given in countries in Latin American, Africa and South and Southeast Asia….

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Vietnamese Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh and Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi wave as they stand for photos in Hanoi, Vietnam on Saturday, Sep.11, 2021. (Duong Van Giang/VNA via AP)

Op-Ed: China-Vietnam fraternal ties are strong

Do not be fooled by the popular optics portraying China and Vietnam as eternal enemies. They are not, as evidenced by State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi’s weekend visit…

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This photo taken on September 11, 2001, a man stands in the rubble, and calls out asking if anyone needs help, after the collapse of the first of the twin towers of the World Trade Center Tower in lower Manhattan, New York. (Photo by Doug Kanter / AFP)

Op-Ed: Twenty years on, reflections on Sept 11

The quick fall of Afghanistan to the Taliban has made the 20th anniversary of Sept 11 even more sad. The loss of tens of thousands of lives, both American and Afghan,…

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This photo taken on September 14, 2020 then newly elected leader of Japan’s Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) Yoshihide Suga poses for a portrait at his office following a press conference at the party’s headquarters in Tokyo.(Photo by Nicolas Datiche / POOL / AFP)

Op-Ed: Suga’s short legacy in Asean

The news that Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga is to step down later this month and will not stand for re-election has not stirred up any reaction within ASEAN. The…

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Op-Ed: Thailand-South Korea ties turn more strategic

Chung Eui-yong, a young South Korean diplomat who served in Thailand 30 years ago, had always dreamed of returning to the country of which he had grown fond. Last week,…

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US Vice President Kamala Harris waves as she departs for travel to Southeast Asia, her first trip to this region as vice president to meet with government, private sector, and civil society leaders, at Joint Base Andrews in Maryland, August 20, 2021. (Photo by EVELYN HOCKSTEIN / POOL / AFP)

Op-Ed: Implications of American VP’s visit 

Vice President Kamala Harris has picked the two outstanding US allies in ASEAN for her first visit to the Southeast Asian region beginning on Sunday. From the US perspective, these…

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Op-Ed: Global Britain wooing Asean

Make no mistake, when the UK decides to display its maritime power, the right place to show off is the South China Sea. It is the center of regional concern…

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Op-Ed: Worsening Japan-South Korea ties bad for ASEAN 

Hopes that two Asian economic giants, Japan and South Korea, would be able to reconcile and improve their soured bilateral ties at the 2020 Olympics have been dashed. South Korean…

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Lessons from Washington’s 20-year mission in Afghanistan 

President Joe Biden has ordered American troops to pull out from Afghanistan by the end of August. His order effectively ended Washington’s longest war but left behind a country in…

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Op-Ed: Japan helps Thailand to better fight Covid-19

It took Japan just two weeks to deliver the 1.05 million doses of vaccines to Thailand following Tokyo’s pledge to donate the shots. The speedy delivery is a strong barometer…

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Fishermen carry a bucket of their catch from a fishing boat in the southern Thai province of Narathiwat on November 14, 2020. (Photo by Madaree TOHLALA / AFP)

Op-Ed: US underrates Thailand’s efforts in TIP Report

Thailand has been quick to respond to the latest US State Department’s Trafficking in Persons Report (TIP), saying unequivocally that it is disappointed with the ranking. The report, which was…

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Protesters prepare to burn the flag of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) grouping, as they take part in a flash mob demonstration against the military coup in Yangon on June 14, 2021. (Photo by STR / AFP)

Op-Ed: Thailand’s dilemma in Myanmar’s crisis 

Last week Thailand joined other 35 UN members in abstaining from a major UN Security Council resolution on the situation in Myanmar. The country did so with a heavy heart…

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