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    Thailand's going bananas for Korea

    News, Kavi Chongkittavorn, Published on 17/09/2019

    » When South Korean President Moon Jae-in visited Thailand recently, he highlighted two Thai names, Nichkhun of 2PM and Lisa of Blackpink as symbols of the excellent South Korean-Thai friendship. Nichkhun Horvejkul and Lalisa Manoban are young Thai idols who are making a living as K-Pop performers in Seoul. Both of them speak fluent Korean, they are trained to sing in Korean and are well-versed in K-Pop dancing.

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    9 reasons for Trump to visit Bangkok

    News, Kavi Chongkittavorn, Published on 03/09/2019

    » These days, US President Donald Trump's participation in any summit or international conference is guaranteed to make headlines. It is no longer a given that the world's most powerful country and its leader would automatically attend certain summits as a formality or otherwise to provide an impetus for concerted action and resolve.

  • OPINION

    Learn from past visa-waiver mishap

    News, Kavi Chongkittavorn, Published on 27/08/2019

    » In September 2003, the Thai government undertook the most incredible step by signing a visa-waiver agreement with Russia. No other Asean country had dared to do that before.

  • OPINION

    Time for Japan and S Korea to end spat

    News, Kavi Chongkittavorn, Published on 20/08/2019

    » Japan and South Korea must stop their tit-for-tat measures before their worsening relations reach the point of no return. The ongoing spat between Asian's two economic giants has sent chills down the spines of regional leaders, who are very concerned that it could spiral out of control and break down the longstanding spirit of East Asian community-building. If that happens, the post-war stability and prosperity of the past seven decades would quickly disappear. Difficult as it is, now is the time to mend fences.

  • OPINION

    Something's afoot at the Asean meeting

    News, Kavi Chongkittavorn, Published on 06/08/2019

    » The United States' Secretary of State Mike Pompeo came to Bangkok with a message for his friends and allies in Asean: "Trust the US".

  • OPINION

    Thailand a new fulcrum for big hitters

    News, Kavi Chongkittavorn, Published on 30/07/2019

    » Is it by design or default that foreign ministers of the world's three most powerful nations are making their official visits to Thailand at the same time? It does not matter actually. First of all, they are scheduled to be here to attend the Post Ministerial Meeting, East Asian Foreign Ministerial Meeting and Asean Regional Forum anyway. That was it. But the US, China and Russia want to have their presence felt strongly, stating that their trips would be official ones, not at the working level like those of other dialogue partners.

  • OPINION

    National strategy the key to continuity

    News, Kavi Chongkittavorn, Published on 23/07/2019

    » Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha's civilian government will be the first Thai government that will not have a "honeymoon" period. From the start, his government's performance will be monitored and judged without any sympathy by opposition parties, political pundits, and the media. With political doyen Chuan Leekpai serving as House speaker, all politicians should be held accountable for their policies and positions.

  • OPINION

    Thai-US relations in the Indo-Pacific era

    News, Kavi Chongkittavorn, Published on 16/07/2019

    » When US State Secretary Michael Pompeo stops in Bangkok for a three-day visit at the end of this month, he will find good old ally Thailand is ready to tango. Their relations will no longer be, as in the past, based on reaction and counter-reaction to the cycle of coups. In the past five years, Thailand has survived Western-led sanctions. Now with a civilian government in place, the Kingdom's economic and political dynamism will no longer be curtailed by what was perceived as democratic backsliding and increased authoritarianism.

  • OPINION

    How to engage China and Japan constructively

    News, Kavi Chongkittavorn, Published on 09/07/2019

    » At the moment, China and Japan are planning to work together on at least 52 business projects in third countries in the region, encompassing both the Indian and Pacific oceans. Certainly, these projects provide tangible ways for Asia's two largest economies to foster mutual trust and forge a stronger partnership. This, however, is still a work in progress.

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