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Asean summit: splits over China put Thailand’s Prayuth Chan-ocha in the hot seat

Thailand’s junta chief turned elected leader Prayuth Chan-ocha has a new-found legitimacy as he chairs this weekend’s Asean Summit. But with the bloc wracked by divisions over China, he’s facing a baptism of fire

22 Jun 2019 - 5:34PM

Thailand’s junta chief turned elected leader Prayuth Chan-ocha has a new-found legitimacy as he chairs this weekend’s Asean Summit. But with the bloc wracked by divisions over China, he’s facing a baptism of fire

Asean summit: splits over China put Thailand’s Prayuth Chan-ocha in the hot seat
Bangkok hotel fined after hundreds of condoms dumped in canal

Parts of Bangkok are connected by an extensive network of waterways which were once used as a means of transport

19 Jun 2019 - 3:53PM

Parts of Bangkok are connected by an extensive network of waterways which were once used as a means of transport

Bangkok hotel fined after hundreds of condoms dumped in canal
Too little, too late for US ‘recommitment’ to Mekong countries? China’s already there

As Beijing floods the Mekong with much-needed cash, the US finds itself pushing back against the tide to retain influence. But some nations in the region think the competition can work to their advantage.

19 Jun 2019 - 12:49PM

As Beijing floods the Mekong with much-needed cash, the US finds itself pushing back against the tide to retain influence. But some nations in the region think the competition can work to their advantage.

Too little, too late for US ‘recommitment’ to Mekong countries? China’s already there
Thailand’s child kick-boxers face an often deadly fight to escape poverty

Muay Thai is a huge part of society in the kingdom – and while there has been a backlash against the involvement of children as young as 12, for many it is a path out of hardship for them and their family.

8 Jun 2019 - 10:08PM

Muay Thai is a huge part of society in the kingdom – and while there has been a backlash against the involvement of children as young as 12, for many it is a path out of hardship for them and their family.

Thailand’s child kick-boxers face an often deadly fight to escape poverty
Thailand’s Prayuth Chan-ocha: the military man with staying power

The former general’s second stint as prime minister is expected to herald stronger ties with China, but other countries are also expected to re-engage with Thailand.

7 Jun 2019 - 1:09AM

The former general’s second stint as prime minister is expected to herald stronger ties with China, but other countries are also expected to re-engage with Thailand.

Thailand’s Prayuth Chan-ocha: the military man with staying power
Thai parliament votes to confirm junta leader Prayuth Chan-ocha as prime minister

Vote ensures Prayuth’s transition from leader of the 2014 coup and the ruling junta to a prime minister endorsed by an elected parliament.

6 Jun 2019 - 9:30AM

Vote ensures Prayuth’s transition from leader of the 2014 coup and the ruling junta to a prime minister endorsed by an elected parliament.

Thai parliament votes to confirm junta leader Prayuth Chan-ocha as prime minister
Thanathorn Juangroongruangkit, Thai Future Forward Party leader, confirmed as prime ministerial challenger to junta chief Prayuth Chan-ocha

‘Democratic front’ alliance reaches consensus that Thanathorn is their man to represent them in high-stakes parliamentary vote set for Wednesday.

5 Jun 2019 - 8:20AM

‘Democratic front’ alliance reaches consensus that Thanathorn is their man to represent them in high-stakes parliamentary vote set for Wednesday.

Thanathorn Juangroongruangkit, Thai Future Forward Party leader, confirmed as prime ministerial challenger to junta chief Prayuth Chan-ocha
Thailand’s King Vajiralongkorn urges post-election parliament to focus on national stability

Look out for the people’s well-being, the king told the legislature in its first session after the disputed March 24 polls, for which the pro-junta Palang Pracharat Party and its rivals the Democratic Front are both claiming victory.

25 May 2019 - 4:54PM

Look out for the people’s well-being, the king told the legislature in its first session after the disputed March 24 polls, for which the pro-junta Palang Pracharat Party and its rivals the Democratic Front are both claiming victory.

Thailand’s King Vajiralongkorn urges post-election parliament to focus on national stability
Trump’s war on Huawei: time for Asia to panic? Don’t ask Google

The US tech behemoth’s plan to block Huawei devices from Android updates has retailers fearing they will be unable to shift their stock. But some users have put their fears on hold, saying they will wait out the US-China trade war.

24 May 2019 - 5:54PM

The US tech behemoth’s plan to block Huawei devices from Android updates has retailers fearing they will be unable to shift their stock. But some users have put their fears on hold, saying they will wait out the US-China trade war.

Trump’s war on Huawei: time for Asia to panic? Don’t ask Google
Thailand’s constitutional court blocks Future Forward leader Thanathorn Juangroongruangkit’s bid for prime minister role

The leader of the Future Forward Party is accused of breaking electoral laws by holding shares in a media company when he registered to run in the nation’s March 24 election.

23 May 2019 - 9:36PM

The leader of the Future Forward Party is accused of breaking electoral laws by holding shares in a media company when he registered to run in the nation’s March 24 election.

Thailand’s constitutional court blocks Future Forward leader Thanathorn Juangroongruangkit’s bid for prime minister role
A week before Thailand’s parliament opens, Future Forward’s Thanathorn Juangroongruangkit launches uphill bid to be prime minister

The youthful Thanathorn Juangroongruangkit put his name forward for the top job this week, but with mounting legal woes, a lack of consensus among anti-junta parties, and the scales tipped in the military’s favour, his move is seen as ‘symbolic’.

18 May 2019 - 9:00AM

The youthful Thanathorn Juangroongruangkit put his name forward for the top job this week, but with mounting legal woes, a lack of consensus among anti-junta parties, and the scales tipped in the military’s favour, his move is seen as ‘symbolic’.

A week before Thailand’s parliament opens, Future Forward’s Thanathorn Juangroongruangkit launches uphill bid to be prime minister
Thailand election: junta chief Prayuth Chan-ocha a shoo-in for prime minister? Not quite

Other power brokers could be in the running to lead the country, including royal privy councillor and long-time technocrat Ampon Kittiampon.

15 May 2019 - 10:23AM

Other power brokers could be in the running to lead the country, including royal privy councillor and long-time technocrat Ampon Kittiampon.

Thailand election: junta chief Prayuth Chan-ocha a shoo-in for prime minister? Not quite
Is Thailand’s Thaksin Shinawatra about to buy Crystal Palace?

The exiled former leader of Thailand has been linked to the English Premier League team in a deal worth US$194 million. But the club has reportedly said it is not in takeover talks with the billionaire.

15 May 2019 - 3:05PM

The exiled former leader of Thailand has been linked to the English Premier League team in a deal worth US$194 million. But the club has reportedly said it is not in takeover talks with the billionaire.

Is Thailand’s Thaksin Shinawatra about to buy Crystal Palace?
Can Thailand’s transgender MP bring ‘equality’ to the male-dominated, military controlled parliament?

Before running for the progressive Future Forward party, Tanwarin Sukkhapisit was a celebrated director of low-budget but poignant films about the LGBT experience in Thailand’s hierarchical and patriarchal society.

10 May 2019 - 9:27PM

Before running for the progressive Future Forward party, Tanwarin Sukkhapisit was a celebrated director of low-budget but poignant films about the LGBT experience in Thailand’s hierarchical and patriarchal society.

Can Thailand’s transgender MP bring ‘equality’ to the male-dominated, military controlled parliament?
Snapshots of Ramadan across Asia reveal changing lives of Muslims

From Hong Kong to Bangkok to Kuala Lumpur, Muslims in the region have begun the holy month of fasting from dawn till dusk, with communal bonds and traditions binding their communities amid changing societies.

10 May 2019 - 6:42PM

From Hong Kong to Bangkok to Kuala Lumpur, Muslims in the region have begun the holy month of fasting from dawn till dusk, with communal bonds and traditions binding their communities amid changing societies.

Snapshots of Ramadan across Asia reveal changing lives of Muslims
Who will be Thailand’s next prime minister? Billionaire Dhanin Chearavanont of CP Group might have an idea

The mogul sparked speculation over his political ambitions after his resignation from the chairmanship of one of the conglomerate’s key businesses.

13 May 2019 - 4:12PM

The mogul sparked speculation over his political ambitions after his resignation from the chairmanship of one of the conglomerate’s key businesses.

Who will be Thailand’s next prime minister? Billionaire Dhanin Chearavanont of CP Group might have an idea
Thailand’s election results have been endorsed but stand-off between junta and ‘democratic front’ persists

The ruling junta, however, remains well-placed to form a strong enough coalition through its proxy party to keep Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha in the top job

9 May 2019 - 9:35PM

The ruling junta, however, remains well-placed to form a strong enough coalition through its proxy party to keep Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha in the top job

Thailand’s election results have been endorsed but stand-off between junta and ‘democratic front’ persists
The cat, the chicken, and the king: a look at symbols and ritual in the Thai king’s coronation ceremony

A royal procession lasting more than six hours on Sunday topped off a weekend of sumptuous celebrations filled with symbolism and ritual.

7 May 2019 - 9:04AM

A royal procession lasting more than six hours on Sunday topped off a weekend of sumptuous celebrations filled with symbolism and ritual.

The cat, the chicken, and the king: a look at symbols and ritual in the Thai king’s coronation ceremony
Thai King Maha Vajiralongkorn crowned Rama X in symbolic ceremony in Bangkok

Cleansing and crowning rituals marking king’s transformation from a human into a divine figure are part of three-day event.

6 May 2019 - 10:28AM

Cleansing and crowning rituals marking king’s transformation from a human into a divine figure are part of three-day event.

Thai King Maha Vajiralongkorn crowned Rama X in symbolic ceremony in Bangkok
Chinese property buyers flock to Thailand as condominium oversupply intensifies

Chinese interest in Thai properties is skyrocketing, as cheap price tags and low taxes lure them away from traditional markets such as Australia and Canada.

2 May 2019 - 11:00AM

Chinese interest in Thai properties is skyrocketing, as cheap price tags and low taxes lure them away from traditional markets such as Australia and Canada.

Chinese property buyers flock to Thailand as condominium oversupply intensifies
Suthida named Thailand’s new queen three days before coronation of King Maha Vajiralongkorn

Queen Suthida served in the special unit of the King’s Guard and was a former flight attendant with Thai Airways. Vajiralongkorn has married her ‘legally and according to tradition’, according to a royal decree.

2 May 2019 - 2:35PM

Queen Suthida served in the special unit of the King’s Guard and was a former flight attendant with Thai Airways. Vajiralongkorn has married her ‘legally and according to tradition’, according to a royal decree.

Suthida named Thailand’s new queen three days before coronation of King Maha Vajiralongkorn
Thai Sriracha plays it cool in the US and spices it up in China after realising it can take the heat

Condiment producer Thaitheparos has been trying to get into the US for years, but better-known Huy Fong Foods has a tight grip on the market. So the Thai producer now has its eye on Asian taste buds.

30 Apr 2019 - 3:02PM

Condiment producer Thaitheparos has been trying to get into the US for years, but better-known Huy Fong Foods has a tight grip on the market. So the Thai producer now has its eye on Asian taste buds.

Thai Sriracha plays it cool in the US and spices it up in China after realising it can take the heat
China wants to fund Thailand’s US$12 billion high-speed railway – but is the kingdom on track for more debt than it can handle?

The Export-Import Bank of China has offered Thailand a low-interest loan for the construction of a belt and road project linking the country with Kunming and Laos. But analysts are also debating whether the project will turn a profit.

25 Apr 2019 - 11:54AM

The Export-Import Bank of China has offered Thailand a low-interest loan for the construction of a belt and road project linking the country with Kunming and Laos. But analysts are also debating whether the project will turn a profit.

China wants to fund Thailand’s US$12 billion high-speed railway – but is the kingdom on track for more debt than it can handle?
‘Seasteading’ couple Nadia Summergirl and Chad Elwartowski face arrest warrants after Thailand dismantles sea shack

The navy deployed three frigates to demolish the structure and dragged the cabin back to shore to be used as evidence against the couple.

23 Apr 2019 - 3:25PM

The navy deployed three frigates to demolish the structure and dragged the cabin back to shore to be used as evidence against the couple.

‘Seasteading’ couple Nadia Summergirl and Chad Elwartowski face arrest warrants after Thailand dismantles sea shack
Thailand wants us killed: Bitcoin couple Nadia Summergirl and Chad Elwartowski who lived in ocean shack

The pair had hoped to escape governments when they went to live on a tiny oil rig-like structure 15 nautical miles out to sea. But things went south when the Thai navy showed up to accuse them of establishing a breakaway nation.

19 Apr 2019 - 9:45PM

The pair had hoped to escape governments when they went to live on a tiny oil rig-like structure 15 nautical miles out to sea. But things went south when the Thai navy showed up to accuse them of establishing a breakaway nation.

Thailand wants us killed: Bitcoin couple Nadia Summergirl and Chad Elwartowski who lived in ocean shack
Second Future Forward leader questioned by Thai authorities, ramping up concerns of attack on Democratic Front

The grilling of a second Future Forward party leader has raised fears that the junta is using prosecutors to neuter the Democratic Front coalition after the country’s March 24 election.

18 Apr 2019 - 11:11AM

The grilling of a second Future Forward party leader has raised fears that the junta is using prosecutors to neuter the Democratic Front coalition after the country’s March 24 election.

Second Future Forward leader questioned by Thai authorities, ramping up concerns of attack on Democratic Front
Thick smog leaves Chiang Mai’s Songkran Thai New Year celebrations a damp squib

For more than a month, the northern Thai city and its neighbouring provinces have been shrouded in smog, which has discouraged tourists and hurt hotel occupancy rates.

15 Apr 2019 - 9:37PM

For more than a month, the northern Thai city and its neighbouring provinces have been shrouded in smog, which has discouraged tourists and hurt hotel occupancy rates.

Thick smog leaves Chiang Mai’s Songkran Thai New Year celebrations a damp squib
Thailand election: Confusion over party-list seat allocation sparks controversy

As Thailand waits for the election commission to unveil the allocation of party-list seats after its March 24 polls, concerns are rising over the use of a new formula to determine how many seats contesting parties can obtain.

12 Apr 2019 - 9:38PM

As Thailand waits for the election commission to unveil the allocation of party-list seats after its March 24 polls, concerns are rising over the use of a new formula to determine how many seats contesting parties can obtain.

Thailand election: Confusion over party-list seat allocation sparks controversy
Tourists in Thailand taking Phuket airport runway selfies could face death penalty

Authorities say they are distracting pilots and have banned them from the area. The maximum penalty for trespassing is death.

9 Apr 2019 - 11:37PM

Authorities say they are distracting pilots and have banned them from the area. The maximum penalty for trespassing is death.

Tourists in Thailand taking Phuket airport runway selfies could face death penalty
#savethanathorn: twist in Thailand’s election dispute as Future Forward leader faces sedition charge

Charges against Thanathorn Juangroongruangkit and his deputy Piyabutr Saengkanokkul raise speculation junta leader Prayuth Chan-Ocha will stop at nothing to cripple the democratic front that claims to have won the vote

4 Apr 2019 - 10:15AM

Charges against Thanathorn Juangroongruangkit and his deputy Piyabutr Saengkanokkul raise speculation junta leader Prayuth Chan-Ocha will stop at nothing to cripple the democratic front that claims to have won the vote

#savethanathorn: twist in Thailand’s election dispute as Future Forward leader faces sedition charge