The seven decade-reign of King Bhumibol Adulyadej of Thailand, who passed away last month, was rich with event. There were coups, but economic development too, with the skilful leader managing to hold the nation together
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Vice President Ansari’s recent visits to Brunei and Thailand provided further clarity to the Act East Policy while advancing its implementation. He effectively showcased that the rationale for a strong India-ASEAN strategic partnership is sharper than before.
With the upcoming Singapore elections, the Malaysian corruption scandals and the Thai Junta's lack of an exit from the political structure, Southeast Asian democracy is having its mettle tested.
Recently signed sub-regional agreements will help India's 'Act East' by furthering trade and connectivity linkages as well as build strategic relations with important powers in Asia. China's regional integration growth in the past decade should be the benchmark for India.
With only 89 per cent of constituencies going for polls, the survival of democracy in Thailand seems to be a challenge. Thus, any outcome in the elections would not mean victory for the Thai people
New Delhi has actively worked with Beijing to address its massive bilateral trade deficit. However, it has another option. India can seek greater economic integration with ASEAN and substitute its imports from China with that of ASEAN. The India-ASEAN Summit on December 20 would be a good place to start.
Thailand's domestic politics have become dirtier and more polarized in the wake of recent flooding as multiple political parties attempt to maintain or take power. Thailand will surely make infrastructure changes to prevent future floods, but can it get politics out of water management?
The Bangkok Post writes in its editorial section, in remembrance of the tragic terrorist event that took place a decade ago, about the impact of 9/11 on the rest of the world.
Thailand Prime Minister Yingluk Shinawatra's cabinet appointment shows a consideration for the balance between appointing close allies without threatening the military establishment or royal palace.