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    Why Germany is seeking deeper ties with Asean

    News, Kavi Chongkittavorn, Published on 15/10/2019

    » With supersonic speed in terms of the decision and process, Germany will accede to the Treaty of Amity and Cooperation (TAC) in around two weeks' time. If everything goes as planned on the German side, which requires cabinet endorsement, there will be a signing ceremony in Bangkok during the 35th Asean Summit from Oct 31-Nov 2. Bahrain will also join the ceremony.

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    Vietnam is powering full steam towards the future

    News, Kavi Chongkittavorn, Published on 08/10/2019

    » These days, I get nostalgic every time I make a trip to Hanoi. This time around, it was about Vietnam's street food scene. When I first came to Hanoi in 1986, my favourite eating place was at the corner of Ly Thuong Kiet and Pham Chu Trinh streets, where one could have bun cha on the pavement of the street, which was lined with numerous haircut booths.

  • OPINION

    Trump visit could bolster US Indo-Pacific strategy

    News, Kavi Chongkittavorn, Published on 01/10/2019

    » With only four weeks to go before the 35th Asean-related summits kick off at Muangthong Thani, the White House has said nothing to indicate whether President Donald Trump will be coming to Bangkok. Asked about it these past couple of days, Washington movers and shakers have said in unison: Anything can happen. Mr Trump is now facing the threat of impeachment from a Democratic Party-led inquiry. It is pretty common these days to factor in a high level of unpredictability for all transactions with the US, especially when they involve the US presidency.

  • OPINION

    Appraising China's stance on the AOIP

    News, Kavi Chongkittavorn, Published on 24/09/2019

    » It is not easy to decipher China's attitude on the Asean Outlook of the Indo-Pacific (AOIP), because very few Chinese leaders and scholars are willing to talk directly about it.

  • OPINION

    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.

  • OPINION

    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".

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