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  • OPINION

    Working hand in hand for a brighter future

    News, Published on 02/11/2019

    » It is a great pleasure for me to come back to Southeast Asia as the annual leaders' meetings on East Asian cooperation are about to open in Bangkok. This is my third visit to Thailand, the "Land of Smiles", as Chinese Premier. Coming to Thailand gives me a heart-warming feeling of visiting a relative or a close neighbour. I wish to express my appreciation to Thailand for its efforts in organising the meetings, and I look forward to renewing friendship with other leaders and jointly discussing ways to promote East Asian cooperation.

  • OPINION

    Germany and Asean ink amity treaty, boost ties

    News, Published on 02/11/2019

    » On Nov 2, Germany will formally accede to the Treaty of Amity and Cooperation in Southeast Asia (TAC). For Germany this is an important step in strengthening our relations with Asean, an increasingly important community with growing regional and universal significance.

  • OPINION

    Thai chairmanship ends on upbeat note

    News, Thitinan Pongsudhirak, Published on 01/11/2019

    » Just as Thailand's chairmanship of Asean is about to end and a flurry of Asean-related summits are about to transpire, this year has been more eventful for Southeast Asia's 10-member grouping than anticipated. Despite its domestic constraints, Thailand has managed to steer the sometimes unwieldy ship of Asean with limited propulsion and direction. If Vietnam as the next chair can build on momentum from this year, Asean might just be able to regain and reboot its role in the near term as the de facto bridge, broker and buffer for the wider Indo-Pacific region, notwithstanding its usual warts and flaws.

  • OPINION

    The casualty of regional summit is convenience

    News, Ploenpote Atthakor, Published on 01/11/2019

    » As the country prepares to kickstart the 35th Asean Summit and related meetings, Thailand is proud to announce to the world that it is ready -- at least logistically. Thai police have rolled out what seem to be meticulous traffic plans for motorists in Bangkok with a set of "dos and don'ts" to make sure they know how to avoid adding to the traffic snarls. In doing so, they will be able to be good hosts. Bravo!

  • OPINION

    Scholar's rich public legacy

    News, Editorial, Published on 01/11/2019

    » The death of renowned economist Deunden Nikomborirak, who was killed by a falling tree at her home in Bangkok on Thursday, is a great loss not only for the research community but also for all consumers in Thailand.

  • OPINION

    Travel Struggles Thais Can Relate To

    Guru, Pornchai Sereemongkonpol, Published on 01/11/2019

    » If you're fortunate enough to travel on a regular basis, you may start to pick up on little quirks that come with it. While I don't consider myself consumed by wanderlust, I would like to think that I've travelled enough to be able to share a few amusing quirks and struggles I discovered along the way. For your entertainment (and in some cases, our common commiseration), here are travel titbits Thai can relate to.

  • OPINION

    Give public train deal say

    News, Editorial, Published on 31/10/2019

    » The Interior Ministry's plan to table a 40-year train concession extension for BTS Group Holdings before the economic cabinet on Friday is likely to hit snag as a House panel has said it will veto the move.

  • OPINION

    High-income goal needs a reality check

    News, Wichit Chantanusornsiri, Published on 31/10/2019

    » Thailand "will become a high-income country by 2036", said Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha, as he spoke of his "Vision 2036" at the 74th Session of the United Nations General Assembly in New York last month.

  • OPINION

    How Asean can avoid Mekong 'water war'

    News, Anchalee Kongrut, Published on 31/10/2019

    » The Xayaburi Dam, the first dam built across the lower Mekong River, came on stream at an interesting time -- just a few days before Thailand hosts the 35th Asean Summit this weekend.

  • OPINION

    The Middle East: Winners and losers

    News, Gwynne Dyer, Published on 30/10/2019

    » The death of IS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi serves as a symbolic full stop to the many civil wars that have engulfed Syria in the past eight years, although Baghdadi was not personally in charge of anything by the time he died. The outcome of all those wars was already becoming clear, and it is the Russians and Bashar al-Assad who have won.

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