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    What next with China as a superpower?

    News, Thitinan Pongsudhirak, Published on 04/10/2019

    » The spectacular celebrations to mark the People's Republic of China's 70th anniversary of its founding were the culmination of a sweeping ideological struggle over the past century between two competing systems of socio-economic and political organisation. Under the stewardship of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) from 1921, China has now arrived as a 21st century superpower with an unprecedented hybrid of totalitarian control and a capitalist market economy, the successor state to the old Soviet Union whose demise nearly 30 years ago was attributable to its rigid collectivism over market capitalism.

  • OPINION

    What If?

    Guru, Pornchai Sereemongkonpol, Published on 04/10/2019

    » What if the government decides to allocate budgets for weaponry and freebies and spend them on other causes? Let's entertain that thought. Shall we?

  • OPINION

    Handouts not the solution

    News, Editorial, Published on 04/10/2019

    » As doubts persist over whether the 1,000-baht cash-handout and 15% cash-rebate schemes will boost local tourism, the government has hinted that it is considering a "second phase" of this splurge.

  • OPINION

    HK protesters making bad gamble

    News, Gwynne Dyer, Published on 04/10/2019

    » After 17 consecutive weekends of increasingly violent protests in Hong Kong, the first protester was wounded by a live bullet on Tuesday. Tsang Chi-kin, an 18-year-old student and one of a group of about a dozen students attacking a policeman who had become separated from his comrades, was shot in the chest as he struck the officer with a metal pole. He is expected to survive.

  • OPINION

    EEC is our only gateway to developed-nation status

    News, Wichit Chantanusornsiri, Published on 03/10/2019

    » The Eastern Economic Corridor (EEC) has been harshly criticised by Thanathorn Juangroongruangkit, leader of the Future Forward Party, for its "lack of people's participation". On the contrary, I believe the EEC will help boost the livelihoods of Thais and transform Thailand from a middle-income country to high-income status.

  • OPINION

    City trains far too pricey

    News, Editorial, Published on 03/10/2019

    » Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha marked the success of the new Blue Line extension linking Thonburi's Lak Song to Hua Lamphong station with a promise: more trains will be built to help Bangkok combat the twin problems of traffic congestion and air pollution.

  • OPINION

    Tackling Asean's corporate cronyism

    News, Surasak Glahan, Published on 03/10/2019

    » Many Southeast Asian countries, particularly Thailand and Malaysia, have been breeding grounds for unchecked and unregulated relations between government and big conglomerates, which have kept a handful of crazy rich Asians increasingly wealthy and widened the income gap between them and the rest of the population.

  • OPINION

    Poll law and disorder

    News, Editorial, Published on 02/10/2019

    » Imagine Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha and his cabinet members losing their jobs to a new coalition government led by Future Forward Party leader Thanathorn Juangroongruangkit.

  • OPINION

    Asean opens a big gate for Vietnam

    News, Published on 02/10/2019

    » Vietnam is fully plugged into Asean as Southeast Asia's regional family, Tran Viet Thai of the Diplomatic Academy of Vietnam says in the conversation below.

  • OPINION

    Open burning is a needless way to lose money

    News, Published on 02/10/2019

    » As PM2.5 air pollution has recently exceeded the unsafe level in Bangkok and adjacent provinces, and attention is needed on factors that caused the ultra-fine dust particles including open field burning.

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