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    South Korea backs Thai-led Mekong strategy

    News, Thana Boonlert, Published on 21/12/2019

    » South Korea is urging Thailand to spearhead the Ayeyawady-Chao Phraya-Mekong Economic Cooperation Strategy (Acmecs) for sustainable water management, after President Moon Jae-in met with Asean leaders last month in Busan under Thailand's year-long chairmanship.

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    Geopolitical rivalry 'will force choice'

    News, Post Reporters, Published on 09/02/2017

    » Thailand will be forced to take sides in the face of the growing rivalry between global major powers, a seminar was told.

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    A geopolitical pivot

    Life, Published on 01/12/2017

    » During the Indochina War years from the 1950s through to the 1970s, America's seven military bases in Thailand symbolised the extraordinary extent of US influence over the politics and development of the Kingdom. In the subsequent 30 years, American influence in Thailand has slowly but steadily waned, largely supplanted by a rising China. Thailand, which had been a linchpin of America's Asian strategy, is now instead a linchpin of China's Asian strategy. American soldiers on R&R have been replaced by Chinese tourists, American airbases by plans for Chinese high-speed rail links. China, not the US, is now Thailand's largest trading partner.

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    Mixed year for Asean chair

    News, Published on 31/12/2019

    » Thailand achieved a great deal during its 2019 chairmanship of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) under the theme of "Advancing Partnership for Sustainability", yet there is still much to be done as the kingdom officially passes the baton to Vietnam tomorrow.

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    50 years of rivalry

    Asia focus, Published on 24/10/2012

    » This month marks the 50th anniversary of China’s military attack on India, the only foreign war that communist-ruled China has won. Yet that war failed to resolve the disputes between the world’s two most populous countries, and its legacy continues to weigh down the bilateral relationship. While their economic heft is drawing increasing international attention, their underlying strategic rivalry over issues ranging from land and water to geopolitical influence in other regions usually attracts less notice.

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    When Asean just isn't Asean enough

    News, Johanna Son, Published on 13/09/2018

    » China's bullying may be the first of Asean's headaches to come to mind, but its weakest links are those that have been gnawing away at its insides -- and undermining its members' own "Asean-ness".

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    Mahathir champions caution in trade war

    News, Dumrongkiat Mala, Published on 22/06/2019

    » Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad has indicated that the Asean region should not take sides in the high-stakes geopolitical rivalry and trade war between the United States and China.

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    South America is a battlefield in the new Cold War

    News, Published on 12/02/2019

    » The political crisis in Venezuela has pitted the US against a dictator who refuses to leave office. But the crisis has a broader significance: It shows that Latin America has again become an arena in which rival great powers struggle for influence and advantage. As the US faces surging geopolitical rivalry around the world, its position is also coming under pressure in its own backyard.

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    Modi spin can't hide harsh realities of Sino-India ties 

    News, Brahma Chellaney, Published on 20/05/2015

    » China and India have a fraught relationship, characterised by festering disputes, deep mistrust, and a shared ambivalence about political cooperation. Booming bilateral trade, far from helping to turn the page on old rifts, has been accompanied by increasing border incidents, military tensions, and geopolitical rivalry, as well as disagreements on riparian and maritime issues.

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    Regional order in East Asia after summits

    News, Thitinan Pongsudhirak, Published on 17/11/2017

    » While Asean-related leaders' meetings tend to come and go with a lot of spectacle and brouhaha without much lasting substantive impact, the recently concluded summits of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation in Vietnam and the United States-Asean and the East Asia Summit in the Philippines will be seen in hindsight as highly consequential. The geopolitical and geoeconomic positions of just about all attending countries were more or less known before hand. This most recent summit season was about the policy orientation and preferences of the US under President Donald Trump.

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