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Constitutional Monarchies

REGION grows up

Vietnam, Cambodia, Thailand and Bali continue to be growing Southeast Asian markets for MICE business, according to Matt Masson, chief operating officer of Trails of IndoChina, a major destination management company operating in six places in the region.

Wednesday, 14 September, 2011, 12:00am

Talking points

Our editors will be looking ahead today to these developing stories ...

Beijing conference focuses on economy

2 Jul 2011 - 12:00am

Domestic politics driving border row

Could two little-known temple complexes on the Thai-Cambodian border spark the fiercest clashes between the two neighbours in years? Hidden deep in the jungle off the main tourist trail, the two temples - Ta Kwai and Ta Muen Tom in Thai, or Ta Krabei and Ta Moan in Khmer - might have set the scene for the eruption of violent conflict last month.

6 May 2011 - 12:00am

A ballet dancer, an emperor, 'Prince Charming', and a god


Bhutan's fourth king is Jigme Khesar Namgyle Wangchuck. He is 31. When he was crowned king on November 6, 2008, he was the youngest ruling monarch in the world. The Wangchuk dynasty has ruled Bhutan since 1907. His official title is the Dragon King of Bhutan.

20 Apr 2011 - 12:00am

Uniform dilemma

With blood on the streets of Bangkok and no end in sight to the struggle for Thailand's future, it is hard to look beyond next weekend, much less towards anything more strategic. The crisis means that much of the government's routine planning - both domestic and foreign - is on hold, and Thailand's emerging military relationship with China appears to be no exception.

18 May 2010 - 12:00am

Close partners look east to develop trade

Long before the European Union was dreamt up, Belgium and Luxembourg formed their own partnership, easing trade barriers and setting their currencies at a fixed parity. That the Belgium-Luxembourg Economic Union was set up nearly a century ago, in 1922, speaks volumes for the countries' foresight about the benefits of working together.

26 Feb 2010 - 12:00am

Dialogue the only way to resolve temple row

The territorial dispute between Cambodia and Thailand over 4.6 sq km of land near the ancient Preah Vihear temple can only be resolved through negotiations. Maintaining thousands of soldiers in the area in the hope of achieving a solution through intimidation or military might is pointless. Centuries of turf wars have toughened resolve.

17 Oct 2008 - 12:00am

Political maturity needed in temple row

The images flashed around the region this week of Cambodian soldiers patrolling the disputed Preah Vihear temple were stark.

26 Jul 2008 - 12:00am

Stalemate of violence in Thai borderlands

On January 4, 2004, raiders struck a military camp near Thailand's border with Malaysia, killing four soldiers. Since then, the violence and murder of a renewed insurgency have become daily staples of life in Thailand's Malay-majority borderlands, with seemingly little prospect of peace.

4 Jan 2008 - 12:00am

Malaysian allure charms Arabs

The Middle East has come to the Far East, says hotel supervisor Winsom Wong, pointing to scores of Middle Eastern tourists crowding Arab Street - an aptly renamed footpath to honour the 'army of Arabs' who virtually take control of the Malaysian capital every August.

2 Sep 2007 - 12:00am

Conservation fears mark end of miners' jobs on remote outpost

Set amid the vast blue haze of the Indian Ocean, Christmas Island is a unique tropical melange of Chinese, Malay and European cultures. Its incense-scented Buddhist temples, bright green mosque and Malay kampong or village make this Australia-administered speck of rock the least Australian of places.

22 May 2007 - 12:00am

Netherlands QUIZ

Test your general knowledge. The answers are below.


30 Apr 2007 - 12:00am

Chinese shot dead in their homes: is this Thai rebels' ethnic cleansing?

Siriporn Sae-aui has never heard of the term 'ethnic cleansing'. But what she does know is that she is the last ethnic Chinese left in her village in southern Thailand.

Ms Siriporn says she too may flee after Muslim insurgents shot dead her grandmother, Sek, as she cleaned her teeth on the first day of the Lunar New Year.

7 Mar 2007 - 12:00am

Town and country in the Ardennes

Luxembourg and Belgium, while highly urbanised, share a wilderness area rich in natural and man-made attractions

LUXEMBOURG IS A remarkably young country by West European standards, having attained full independence as recently as 1867.

28 Feb 2007 - 12:00am

Belgium/Luxembourg quiz

1What are the three main ethnic communities in Belgium? 2What language is spoken in the Walloon region of Belgium? 3Which country shares the longest border with Belgium? 4From which Belgian city was an 86-carat diamond stolen in Guy Ritchie's movie Snatch? 5Which is the only officially bilingual university-level institution of learning in Belgium?

28 Feb 2007 - 12:00am