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    Did China just blink?

    News, Editorial, Published on 21/08/2017

    » The annual mid-year Asean meetings discussed, but then once again set aside, the highly disputatious issue of the South China Sea. This was no surprise. The host of the meetings, the Philippines, has had its own problems settling on a policy towards the regional disputes. Since last year's election of colourful President Rodrigo Duterte, Manila has seemed rudderless on the issue. Despite efforts by several of the 27 countries that took part in the Asean meetings earlier this month, that lack of direction prevailed.

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    Xmas spirit a Thai virtue

    News, Editorial, Published on 24/12/2018

    » The celebration of the birth of Jesus Christ is one of the few holidays so widely marked. It may not be a holiday in Thailand, but there is probably no one unaware of Christmas. Many Christians criticise the commercial atmosphere, but there's really no escaping it. The giving of gifts and the "Christmas spirit" of peace and joy is worth noting by everyone, everywhere.

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    Liu's legacy will live on

    News, Editorial, Published on 15/07/2017

    » Even though the totalitarian rulers of China might have succeeded in preventing Chinese Nobel Peace Prize laureate Liu Xiaobo from living longer, they will find it hard to prevent people in China and elsewhere from keeping the legacy of the human rights and democracy advocate alive.

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    Government must back sea talks

    News, Editorial, Published on 27/02/2017

    » The threat of clashes has increased lately over China's claim it owns the South China Sea. A US navy task force led by the formidable aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson is conducting "routine operations" in the area. Both Vietnam and Taiwan have copied China's construction of artificial islands with military facilities. Beijing has continued to fortify its new islands, with buildings believed capable of housing missiles. They would be the first land-based weapons in the Spratly Islands where international flashpoints and tensions increase almost by the day.

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    ICC's leap in the dark

    Oped, Editorial, Published on 10/09/2018

    » The United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) has issued a clear and compelling case against Myanmar -- both its armed forces and its leaders. A UN-ordered investigation of the Rohingya tragedy is described unequivocally and credibly as genocidal. The UNHRC says government and army then tried to cover up crimes by multiple fabrications. It specifically names Sen Gen Min Aung Hlaing, the commander of the armed forces (tatmadaw) and the national leader Aung San Suu Kyi.

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    Credibility lost over sub

    News, Editorial, Published on 26/04/2017

    » The handling of the purchase of submarines from China was extremely distasteful. By refusing even to tell the country what it was doing, the cabinet has raised several questions and reduced its credibility. The arrogant and unnecessary argument that "the public doesn't have to know everything" about cabinet proceedings is insulting.

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    Diplomacy at the summit

    News, Editorial, Published on 17/02/2016

    » Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha left on Sunday and arrives back home tomorrow from California. He is attending the first formal meeting between US and Asean leaders ever held outside the region. President Barack Obama hosted the meeting so he could get across his thoughts on China's actions in the South China Sea and also on the fight against rising terrorist threats in the region. It was such a good idea it should go on the diplomatic calendar.

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    Sink the sub proposal

    News, Editorial, Published on 05/07/2016

    » The Royal Thai Navy is once again pressing to buy three submarines from China. The defence minister, not at all surprisingly, supports this new military upgrade. It would be a terrible mistake and misuse of 36 billion baht, or possibly more, of the public's money. Realistically, the only thing preventing an almost instant purchase is Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha. He has put off this scheme before, and should do so again, but more forcefully.

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    Food safety must get top priority

    News, Editorial, Published on 26/11/2017

    » News reports that over 60% of samples of popular vegetable and fruits taken at shopping malls and markets are contaminated with pesticides -- some are highly toxic farm chemicals banned in several countries -- are too hard to swallow. It merely shows a failure of the state, despite an ambition to become the kitchen of the world, to come up with and implement measures to ensure food safety, and the dilemma for customers who have limited options to live healthy lifestyles.

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    Protect the gaur

    News, Editorial, Published on 15/11/2017

    » The killings of three rare, wild gaur in Nakhon Ratchasima raise two concerns that should command swift and high-level action. Local police in Wang Nam Khieo district immediately began investigating the shootings. Provincial governor Wichian Chantharanothai actively entered the picture, a distinct step in the right direction. Important issues are at stake, apart from the obvious killing of protected animals.

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