Bhavan Jaipragas

Bhavan Jaipragas is Asia Correspondent for the Post, covering breaking news, politics, diplomacy, trade and Southeast Asian macroeconomic trends. His work for the Post's Asia desk also focuses on the region's multifaceted interactions with the United States and China. A Singapore native, Bhavan previously worked for Agence France-Presse.
Bhavan Jaipragas
Bhavan Jaipragas is Asia Correspondent for the Post, covering breaking news, politics, diplomacy, trade and Southeast Asian macroeconomic trends. His work for the Post's Asia desk also focuses on the region's multifaceted interactions with the United States and China. A Singapore native, Bhavan previously worked for Agence France-Presse.

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Thailand election: Thaksin-linked Pheu Thai Party rules out alliance with junta-backed rivals

Despite exit polls showing the party is only likely to win about 163 out of 500 seats, leader Sudarat Keyuraphan said their hardline stance was unshakeable.

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Despite exit polls showing the party is only likely to win about 163 out of 500 seats, leader Sudarat Keyuraphan said their hardline stance was unshakeable.

Thailand election: Thaksin-linked Pheu Thai Party rules out alliance with junta-backed rivals
Thailand elections: vote-counting begins after calm polling day with King Vajiralongkorn urging subjects to back ‘good people’

Sunday’s vote – the first since the 2014 coup – took place peacefully with the royal military establishment and the rural-backed populist movement linked to former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra vying for power.

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Sunday’s vote – the first since the 2014 coup – took place peacefully with the royal military establishment and the rural-backed populist movement linked to former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra vying for power.

Thailand elections: vote-counting begins after calm polling day with King Vajiralongkorn urging subjects to back ‘good people’
Campaign dust settles as Thailand prepares for roller-coaster election

Thailand will hold its first general election on Sunday since the junta ousted the elected government in a coup nearly five years ago.

23 Mar 2019 - 11:18PM

Thailand will hold its first general election on Sunday since the junta ousted the elected government in a coup nearly five years ago.

Campaign dust settles as Thailand prepares for roller-coaster election
Explainer | Thailand’s election explained: a battle royale for junta’s Prayuth Chan-ocha and the Shinawatras 

Five years after the latest in a long string of coups, democracy is back in town in Thailand. Or at least, that’s what it looks like. But in Sunday’s election, winning the most votes and winning power are not the same thing.

22 Mar 2019 - 9:12PM

Five years after the latest in a long string of coups, democracy is back in town in Thailand. Or at least, that’s what it looks like. But in Sunday’s election, winning the most votes and winning power are not the same thing.

Thailand’s election explained: a battle royale for junta’s Prayuth Chan-ocha and the Shinawatras 
Thailand’s military-appointed Senate could steal election result, Pheu Thai Party leader warns

Leader of biggest political party warns that unelected Senate could hand prime ministership to junta chief – even if his political proxies are trounced at the ballot box on Sunday.

21 Mar 2019 - 12:54PM

Leader of biggest political party warns that unelected Senate could hand prime ministership to junta chief – even if his political proxies are trounced at the ballot box on Sunday.

Thailand’s military-appointed Senate could steal election result, Pheu Thai Party leader warns
Thailand to ask Hong Kong to extradite Thaksin Shinawatra

The exiled former prime minister is in Hong Kong to see the wedding of his daughter Paetongtarn. The news comes just days ahead of a general election, which the Shinawatra-backed Pheu Thai party is expected to win.

19 Mar 2019 - 11:30PM

The exiled former prime minister is in Hong Kong to see the wedding of his daughter Paetongtarn. The news comes just days ahead of a general election, which the Shinawatra-backed Pheu Thai party is expected to win.

Thailand to ask Hong Kong to extradite Thaksin Shinawatra
Thailand’s powerful Shinawatra clan set to visit Hong Kong days ahead of national polls

The family, led by self-exiled patriarch and deposed prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra, will be in the city for the wedding of his youngest daughter.

18 Mar 2019 - 10:59PM

The family, led by self-exiled patriarch and deposed prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra, will be in the city for the wedding of his youngest daughter.

Thailand’s powerful Shinawatra clan set to visit Hong Kong days ahead of national polls
‘Let’s learn from Malaysia’s Mahathir Mohamad’: is Thailand about to ditch China for the US?

Pro-democracy politicians say the post-election future will see Thailand recalibrate its ties with China and throw doubt on a troubled rail link. Sound familiar?

16 Mar 2019 - 1:19PM

Pro-democracy politicians say the post-election future will see Thailand recalibrate its ties with China and throw doubt on a troubled rail link. Sound familiar?

‘Let’s learn from Malaysia’s Mahathir Mohamad’: is Thailand about to ditch China for the US?
No more coups: in fight to reform Thai military, millennials are a secret weapon

The billionaire’s Future Forward is among a group of parties that plan to reduce the army’s outsize influence should they take power after the March 24 polls – and they have support from millennial voters.

16 Mar 2019 - 7:35PM

The billionaire’s Future Forward is among a group of parties that plan to reduce the army’s outsize influence should they take power after the March 24 polls – and they have support from millennial voters.

No more coups: in fight to reform Thai military, millennials are a secret weapon
Thai election: for voters, any policy you like, as long as it’s Thaksinomics

Images of the Shinawatras are banned on the campaign trail, but their legacy lives on through the populist economic policies that swept them to power and are now being embraced by all – even the military bloc that deposed them

16 Mar 2019 - 7:31PM

Images of the Shinawatras are banned on the campaign trail, but their legacy lives on through the populist economic policies that swept them to power and are now being embraced by all – even the military bloc that deposed them

Thai election: for voters, any policy you like, as long as it’s Thaksinomics
How do Thailand’s pro-democracy parties beat the junta? Together, says Pheu Thai’s Watana Muangsook

Thaksin Shinawatra’s confidante, contesting a Bangkok district in the March 24 polls, says the lack of a formal alliance should not prevent a concerted effort to end coup leader Prayuth Chan-ocha’s stint as prime minister.

13 Mar 2019 - 8:09AM

Thaksin Shinawatra’s confidante, contesting a Bangkok district in the March 24 polls, says the lack of a formal alliance should not prevent a concerted effort to end coup leader Prayuth Chan-ocha’s stint as prime minister.

How do Thailand’s pro-democracy parties beat the junta? Together, says Pheu Thai’s Watana Muangsook
Thai election: parties jostle for votes by selling economic promises – and snubbing the junta

Campaigning is in high gear ahead of the March 24 polls but there’s no reaction to the dissolution of Thai Raksa Chart – instead, there is a fierce debate about how the military should stay out of politics after the country votes.

21 Mar 2019 - 1:39PM

Campaigning is in high gear ahead of the March 24 polls but there’s no reaction to the dissolution of Thai Raksa Chart – instead, there is a fierce debate about how the military should stay out of politics after the country votes.

Thai election: parties jostle for votes by selling economic promises – and snubbing the junta
Thai election: Parties jostle for votes by selling economic promises – and snubbing the junta

Campaigning is in high gear ahead of the March 24 polls but there’s no reaction to the dissolution of Thai Raksa Chart – instead, there is a fierce debate on how the military should stay out of politics after the country votes.

12 Mar 2019 - 8:06AM

Campaigning is in high gear ahead of the March 24 polls but there’s no reaction to the dissolution of Thai Raksa Chart – instead, there is a fierce debate on how the military should stay out of politics after the country votes.

Thai election: Parties jostle for votes by selling economic promises – and snubbing the junta
‘Chinese by nature are very good businesspeople’: Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad’s exclusive interview in full

In his first interview with international media this year, Mahathir speaks candidly to the South China Morning Post on everything from the US-China trade war to his scandal-tainted predecessor Najib Razak.

8 Mar 2019 - 9:06PM

In his first interview with international media this year, Mahathir speaks candidly to the South China Morning Post on everything from the US-China trade war to his scandal-tainted predecessor Najib Razak.

‘Chinese by nature are very good businesspeople’: Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad’s exclusive interview in full
Mahathir Mohamad: ‘I’m pro-Malaysia, not anti-Singapore’

Even so, the Malaysian prime minister isn’t going to let one issue go: his claim that the Lion City is profiteering when it comes to buying water from Johor.

8 Mar 2019 - 11:22PM

Even so, the Malaysian prime minister isn’t going to let one issue go: his claim that the Lion City is profiteering when it comes to buying water from Johor.

Mahathir Mohamad: ‘I’m pro-Malaysia, not anti-Singapore’
Najib Razak’s charm offensive an ‘abuse of free speech’: Malaysia’s Mahathir Mohamad

The Malaysian leader downplays a pact between Najib’s Umno party and the Islamist PAS – and says a PR campaign by his disgraced predecessor, who is on bail awaiting trial, proves the difference between their administrations

8 Mar 2019 - 11:21PM

The Malaysian leader downplays a pact between Najib’s Umno party and the Islamist PAS – and says a PR campaign by his disgraced predecessor, who is on bail awaiting trial, proves the difference between their administrations

Najib Razak’s charm offensive an ‘abuse of free speech’: Malaysia’s Mahathir Mohamad
I’d side with rich China over fickle US: Malaysia’s Mahathir Mohamad

Malaysia will ‘find some way to deal with China’ and not take cues from Western scaremongering over Huawei and the ‘Belt and Road Initiative’, the prime minister tells the Post.

8 Mar 2019 - 9:14PM

Malaysia will ‘find some way to deal with China’ and not take cues from Western scaremongering over Huawei and the ‘Belt and Road Initiative’, the prime minister tells the Post.

I’d side with rich China over fickle US: Malaysia’s Mahathir Mohamad
Malaysia’s Mahathir: green light for China-backed East Coast Rail Link – if price is right

In an exclusive interview with the South China Morning Post, the Malaysian prime minister says the troubled East Coast Rail Link project can go ahead, but only if the Chinese contractor agrees to a significant price reduction.

8 Mar 2019 - 9:09PM

In an exclusive interview with the South China Morning Post, the Malaysian prime minister says the troubled East Coast Rail Link project can go ahead, but only if the Chinese contractor agrees to a significant price reduction.

Malaysia’s Mahathir: green light for China-backed East Coast Rail Link – if price is right
Trump-Kim summit 2019: Xi could be ‘more helpful’, says US president

As the Hanoi summit between the United States and North Korea ends in disappointment, the US president warns trade war talks with Beijing could go a similar way, even as he acknowledges Chinese support

1 Mar 2019 - 9:50PM

As the Hanoi summit between the United States and North Korea ends in disappointment, the US president warns trade war talks with Beijing could go a similar way, even as he acknowledges Chinese support

Trump-Kim summit 2019: Xi could be ‘more helpful’, says US president
Trump-Kim summit 2019: North Korea stages late-night press conference to deny US president’s claims about why summit ended

North Korea’s Foreign Minister Ri Yong-ho says that contrary to Trump’s claims, Pyongyang only sought partial sanctions relief but offered to dismantle reactor.

1 Mar 2019 - 10:53AM

North Korea’s Foreign Minister Ri Yong-ho says that contrary to Trump’s claims, Pyongyang only sought partial sanctions relief but offered to dismantle reactor.

Trump-Kim summit 2019: North Korea stages late-night press conference to deny US president’s claims about why summit ended
Trump-Kim summit 2019: day 2 as it happened

The two sides cancelled plans to hold a joint signing ceremony after making little progress on North Korea’s denuclearisation.

28 Feb 2019 - 4:59PM

The two sides cancelled plans to hold a joint signing ceremony after making little progress on North Korea’s denuclearisation.

Trump-Kim summit 2019: day 2 as it happened
Trump-Kim summit 2019: meeting begins with smiles and pleasantries, but challenge of denuclearisation remains

While Trump insists he is committed to seeking Pyongyang’s disarmament, sceptical analysts say the US president is just looking to score a quick political win.

28 Feb 2019 - 6:50AM

While Trump insists he is committed to seeking Pyongyang’s disarmament, sceptical analysts say the US president is just looking to score a quick political win.

Trump-Kim summit 2019: meeting begins with smiles and pleasantries, but challenge of denuclearisation remains
Trump-Kim summit 2019: day 1 as it happened

US President Donald Trump and North Korea’s Kim Jong-un have wrapped up the first day of their talks in Hanoi aimed at ending both Pyongyang’s nuclear programme and its international isolation.

27 Feb 2019 - 10:37PM

US President Donald Trump and North Korea’s Kim Jong-un have wrapped up the first day of their talks in Hanoi aimed at ending both Pyongyang’s nuclear programme and its international isolation.

Trump-Kim summit 2019: day 1 as it happened
Trump-Kim summit 2019: US president hails North Korea’s ‘awesome potential’ if only ‘my friend Kim Jong-un’ would denuclearise

The two leaders were scheduled to meet at 6.30pm local time at the Sofitel Legend Metropole Hotel. They will have a brief one-on-one meeting before joining top aides for dinner. The talks will continue on Thursday.

27 Feb 2019 - 6:31PM

The two leaders were scheduled to meet at 6.30pm local time at the Sofitel Legend Metropole Hotel. They will have a brief one-on-one meeting before joining top aides for dinner. The talks will continue on Thursday.

Trump-Kim summit 2019: US president hails North Korea’s ‘awesome potential’ if only ‘my friend Kim Jong-un’ would denuclearise
Trump-Kim summit 2019: will a softer approach get a firm result on Pyongyang’s denuclearisation?

US president has struck a less confrontational note ahead of Hanoi summit with Kim Jong-un, but sceptics say he is maintaining the ‘fiction of disarmament’.

27 Feb 2019 - 9:45AM

US president has struck a less confrontational note ahead of Hanoi summit with Kim Jong-un, but sceptics say he is maintaining the ‘fiction of disarmament’.

Trump-Kim summit 2019: will a softer approach get a firm result on Pyongyang’s denuclearisation?
Trump-Kim summit 2019: Donald Trump lands in Hanoi, but experts say talks will likely only freeze Pyongyang’s nuclear progress, not dismantle it

Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un have arrived in Hanoi for a second summit. But the ‘complete, verifiable and irreversible denuclearisation’ the US previously demanded is looking unlikely, experts say.

27 Feb 2019 - 11:54AM

Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un have arrived in Hanoi for a second summit. But the ‘complete, verifiable and irreversible denuclearisation’ the US previously demanded is looking unlikely, experts say.

Trump-Kim summit 2019: Donald Trump lands in Hanoi, but experts say talks will likely only freeze Pyongyang’s nuclear progress, not dismantle it
Trump-Kim summit 2019: Vietnam rolls out red carpet, taking lead from Singapore

Hanoi plays host to the US and North Korean leaders this week for nuclear talks it hopes will rival last year’s meeting in Singapore, with vice foreign minister Le Hoai Trung confirming the Lion City was consulted on technical issues

26 Feb 2019 - 11:45AM

Hanoi plays host to the US and North Korean leaders this week for nuclear talks it hopes will rival last year’s meeting in Singapore, with vice foreign minister Le Hoai Trung confirming the Lion City was consulted on technical issues

Trump-Kim summit 2019: Vietnam rolls out red carpet, taking lead from Singapore
Trump-Kim summit 2019: US president thanks ‘helpful’ Xi Jinping as Vietnam fine-tunes security in Hanoi

Trump tweeted that Kim ‘realises that without nuclear weapons, his country could fast become one of the great economic powers anywhere in the world’.

26 Feb 2019 - 10:54AM

Trump tweeted that Kim ‘realises that without nuclear weapons, his country could fast become one of the great economic powers anywhere in the world’.

Trump-Kim summit 2019: US president thanks ‘helpful’ Xi Jinping as Vietnam fine-tunes security in Hanoi
Everyone loves ‘Daddy’: forget Thaksin, Thanathorn Juangroongruangkit is the Thai junta’s new billionaire rival

The law is after him, the ladies call him ‘daddy’, and he’s running in the Thai elections promising a welfare state. It’s millennial darling, Thanathorn Juangroongruangkit

24 Feb 2019 - 3:08PM

The law is after him, the ladies call him ‘daddy’, and he’s running in the Thai elections promising a welfare state. It’s millennial darling, Thanathorn Juangroongruangkit

Everyone loves ‘Daddy’: forget Thaksin, Thanathorn Juangroongruangkit is the Thai junta’s new billionaire rival
Thailand’s junta up in arms over plan to cut military outlay – as neighbours like Singapore and Indonesia spend more

Public response to Thaksin-aligned party’s plans to reduce defence expenditure by 10 per cent and end conscription has been positive – but Thailand’s US$7.23 billion outlay for 2019 is in step with regional neighbours.

20 Feb 2019 - 1:36PM

Public response to Thaksin-aligned party’s plans to reduce defence expenditure by 10 per cent and end conscription has been positive – but Thailand’s US$7.23 billion outlay for 2019 is in step with regional neighbours.

Thailand’s junta up in arms over plan to cut military outlay – as neighbours like Singapore and Indonesia spend more