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    Answering the Big Questions

    Guru, Pornchai Sereemongkonpol, Published on 30/06/2017

    » If you haven't already heard, PM Prayut Chan-o-cha has put forth four questions regarding politics and the future of Thailand that he would like all Thais to answer in designated locations across the country. However, according to various news reports, the turnout has been rather lukewarm. Dusit Poll recently revealed that 84.08% won't go to the said locations to answer his questions mainly because they have to work. If you have already seen the questions, you'll know that they aren't exactly easy to tackle and require some thought.

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    Agriculture 4.0: Obstacles and how to break through

    News, Published on 30/06/2017

    » Thailand 4.0 is the Thai government's new economic model aimed at pulling the country out of the middle-income trap. For agriculture, it means a seven-fold increase in average annual income of farmers from 56,450 baht to 390,000 baht within the next 20 years -- an extremely difficult, if not impossible objective to be achieved -- a task that would require a drastic shift in strategy to encourage adaptation and adoption of modern technologies.

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    Hong Kong handover: 20 years on

    News, Chris Patten, Published on 30/06/2017

    » While I was governor of Hong Kong, from 1992 until the handover of the city to China in 1997, I kept a diary. Consulting that diary over the last few months, as I write a book partly about my experience there, I have discovered several passages describing China's "struggle" school of diplomacy -- one that endures even today, as we approach the 20th anniversary of Hong Kong's return to Chinese sovereignty.

  • OPINION

    Sino rail deal nothing to be proud about

    News, Paritta Wangkiat, Published on 30/06/2017

    » When Chinese engineers lay the foundation work for the Thai-Chinese railway project later this year, I can imagine a flurry of applause, and some celebrations. Our leaders may feel pride in the project that is aimed at boosting the country's economy.

  • OPINION

    China must stop meddling

    News, Editorial, Published on 30/06/2017

    » Upon his arrival in Hong Kong yesterday afternoon, Chinese President Xi Jinping pledged that his government would support the territory's economic development and improvement of people's lives and that he "wishes Hong Kong can once again achieve splendour".

  • OPINION

    Thailand's challenges, lessons from '97 crisis

    News, Thitinan Pongsudhirak, Published on 30/06/2017

    » It is hard to believe today but Thailand appeared on the verge of economic doom 20 years ago. The culmination of financial sector convulsions, compounded by a currency crisis and reinforced by corruption and cronyism, induced a forced devaluation of the baht on July 2, 1997. Back then, the Thai economy was in dire straits but politics looked promising. It is the opposite today, as macroeconomic conditions have become sound but the political system has reverted to a military dictatorship with doubtful prospects for popular rule.

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