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    All being well

    Life, Kanokporn Chanasongkram, Published on 09/12/2019

    » Out of 89 nations, Thailand came in sixth on CEOWORLD's list of the world's best healthcare systems, announced just in August of this year.

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    Thais need to change shameful driving attitudes

    News, Wasant Techawongtham, Published on 16/11/2019

    » A viral video seen earlier this week has sparked debates about Thais' lack of road discipline yet again.

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    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.

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    Asean nears its Thucydides trap turning point

    News, Published on 14/10/2019

    » In the whirlwind of the 554 officially listed events which marked the start of the UN General Assembly debates in New York two weeks ago, the concern raised by Secretary-General Antonio Guterres -- that the world is moving towards a Great Fracture -- was understandably lost in the cacophony.

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    Car demolition plan has pitfalls

    News, Editorial, Published on 15/12/2019

    » The Excise Department should carefully consider the so-called "car demolition roadmap" being tabled for discussion tomorrow by representatives of the automotive industry.

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    Where Northeast, Southeast Asia meet

    News, Thitinan Pongsudhirak, Published on 13/12/2019

    » That the post-Second World War liberal international order is unravelling is no longer in dispute. While there are ongoing issues and challenges about how and to what extent the incumbent rules-based international order that has been so beneficial to so many nations and peoples in their course of economic development can still be maintained, there is broad agreement that the international system as we know it has run its course.

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    New hope for US climate action

    News, Published on 12/12/2019

    » The United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP25) currently taking place in Madrid is supposed to prepare the ground for more ambitious national climate commitments. Nowhere is this more important than in the country where national leadership on climate change is least likely: the United States.

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    Asean must not give up on India ... yet

    News, Kavi Chongkittavorn, Published on 10/12/2019

    » Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is flying to New Delhi next week to meet up with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi. His mission is to convince India to take up the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP), for which negotiations were last month completed in Bangkok after seven years. In the wee hours before the official announcement on Nov 4, Mr Modi told Thai Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha that he would personally like very much to sign the pact but India was not yet ready, reiterating that further consultations were still required at home at this crucial juncture. The Asean chair, Thailand, accommodated India's request.

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    Mekong River region on more minds

    News, Thitinan Pongsudhirak, Published on 06/12/2019

    » As Vietnam is poised to take over the rotational chair of Asean in January 2020, its second foremost foreign policy priority after the South China Sea is reportedly the Mekong River region. While the South China Sea, where more than one third of global shipping passes, is considered an overall Asean concern, the Mekong region is left to the five riparian countries in mainland Southeast Asia to deal with in view of China's upstream hydropower dams that have led to frequent droughts and depleted fish stocks in downstream communities, especially in Cambodia and Vietnam.

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    Make time to enjoy Japan

    Asia focus, Nareerat Wiriyapong, Published on 02/12/2019

    » Landing at Tokyo's Haneda Airport early on a Sunday morning (5.30 am), I was pleasantly surprised to find how convenient it was to commute to the city hotel where I had reserved a room for my one-week visit. I was welcomed at the airport exit by a Japan Travel Bureau (JTB) staffer who accompanied me to an airport bus that took me on a non-stop journey to the hotel.

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