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‘Major progress’ on South China Sea code of conduct talks even as Beijing warns other countries against ‘sowing distrust’

Chinese foreign minister hails ‘important step’ after meeting Asean counterparts in Bangkok but warns other countries against ‘sowing distrust’.

1 Aug 2019 - 2:20PM

Chinese foreign minister hails ‘important step’ after meeting Asean counterparts in Bangkok but warns other countries against ‘sowing distrust’.

‘Major progress’ on South China Sea code of conduct talks even as Beijing warns other countries against ‘sowing distrust’
Mike Pompeo set for first visit to Thailand as US looks to renew ties despite junta leader Prayuth Chan-ocha retaining grip on power

Washington downgraded ties with Bangkok after junta leader Prayuth Chan-ocha’s 2014 coup. But with the US looking for allies in the region against an increasingly assertive China, has everything been forgiven?

31 Jul 2019 - 10:44PM

Washington downgraded ties with Bangkok after junta leader Prayuth Chan-ocha’s 2014 coup. But with the US looking for allies in the region against an increasingly assertive China, has everything been forgiven?

Mike Pompeo set for first visit to Thailand as US looks to renew ties despite junta leader Prayuth Chan-ocha retaining grip on power
Thailand’s tourism industry gets jitters after currency surges, visitor numbers from China fall

Chinese tourists account for more than a quarter of all Thailand’s foreign visitors, but their numbers were down by 5 per cent annually in the first six months. Meanwhile, the baht appreciated 12 per cent against China’s yuan.

29 Jul 2019 - 9:09PM

Chinese tourists account for more than a quarter of all Thailand’s foreign visitors, but their numbers were down by 5 per cent annually in the first six months. Meanwhile, the baht appreciated 12 per cent against China’s yuan.

Thailand’s tourism industry gets jitters after currency surges, visitor numbers from China fall
Could Chinese bicycles and fish scupper Thailand-EU free trade deal?

Such a deal could save the kingdom US$1 billion a year on import tariffs to the European bloc, experts say. But Chinese bicycle manufacturers relabelling their products ‘Made in Thailand’ and an EU-led crackdown on the Thai fishing industry look to be stumbling blocks.

20 Jul 2019 - 5:23PM

Such a deal could save the kingdom US$1 billion a year on import tariffs to the European bloc, experts say. But Chinese bicycle manufacturers relabelling their products ‘Made in Thailand’ and an EU-led crackdown on the Thai fishing industry look to be stumbling blocks.

Could Chinese bicycles and fish scupper Thailand-EU free trade deal?
Thailand returns to civilian rule but military influence and fears of instability remain

Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha’s cabinet was on Tuesday sworn in, stacked with loyalists from the junta era follows nearly four months of political wrangling since the election on March 24.

17 Jul 2019 - 8:54PM

Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha’s cabinet was on Tuesday sworn in, stacked with loyalists from the junta era follows nearly four months of political wrangling since the election on March 24.

Thailand returns to civilian rule but military influence and fears of instability remain
Why Indian tourists are flocking to Thailand, where they may soon outnumber Chinese visitors

A deadly ferry disaster last summer saw visitor numbers from China, which had been increasing every year, begin to level off. So Thai tourism officials are now turning their attention to the world’s second most populous country.

16 Jul 2019 - 1:01PM

A deadly ferry disaster last summer saw visitor numbers from China, which had been increasing every year, begin to level off. So Thai tourism officials are now turning their attention to the world’s second most populous country.

Why Indian tourists are flocking to Thailand, where they may soon outnumber Chinese visitors
Thai Airways comes under fire for cabin crew’s selfies with opposition politician Thanathorn Juangroongruangkit

The pictures were taken in the past week as the billionaire politician was travelling on a Thai Airways flight with his family. One photo shared on social media shows him and a female flight attendant with the caption ‘can I iron your shirt?’

12 Jul 2019 - 6:07PM

The pictures were taken in the past week as the billionaire politician was travelling on a Thai Airways flight with his family. One photo shared on social media shows him and a female flight attendant with the caption ‘can I iron your shirt?’

Thai Airways comes under fire for cabin crew’s selfies with opposition politician Thanathorn Juangroongruangkit
Thailand’s Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha rewards loyalists in new cabinet

Long-time backers of the coup leader turned premier have been rewarded with top jobs, but critics say the appointments have been made for the sake of stabilising the ruling coalition, not for the good of the nation.

11 Jul 2019 - 9:31PM

Long-time backers of the coup leader turned premier have been rewarded with top jobs, but critics say the appointments have been made for the sake of stabilising the ruling coalition, not for the good of the nation.

Thailand’s Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha rewards loyalists in new cabinet
Thailand’s deputy PM Prawit Wongsuwon flies 100km in US$37 million police jet, reigniting backlash against extravagant spending

Prawit Wongsuwon, who is also the defence minister, has become a lightning rod for public suspicion of military leadership after he failed to declare 25 luxury watches as assets.

10 Jul 2019 - 2:38PM

Prawit Wongsuwon, who is also the defence minister, has become a lightning rod for public suspicion of military leadership after he failed to declare 25 luxury watches as assets.

Thailand’s deputy PM Prawit Wongsuwon flies 100km in US$37 million police jet, reigniting backlash against extravagant spending
Parents try to keep Thai cave boys out of limelight, as Netflix and others vie to tell their story

With a film and a miniseries about the dramatic cave rescue in the works, the Thai government and parents of the Wild Boars soccer players are working to shield the boys from the limelight.

7 Jul 2019 - 1:30PM

With a film and a miniseries about the dramatic cave rescue in the works, the Thai government and parents of the Wild Boars soccer players are working to shield the boys from the limelight.

Parents try to keep Thai cave boys out of limelight, as Netflix and others vie to tell their story
Infighting within Thailand’s new government prompts PM Prayuth Chan-ocha to warn against internal coup

The back door deals within the coalition that helped the premier transition from military chief to civilian leader have erupted into internal squabbling that analysts say will also negatively affect the kingdom’s economy.

5 Jul 2019 - 4:45PM

The back door deals within the coalition that helped the premier transition from military chief to civilian leader have erupted into internal squabbling that analysts say will also negatively affect the kingdom’s economy.

Infighting within Thailand’s new government prompts PM Prayuth Chan-ocha to warn against internal coup
Thailand’s ‘little ghosts’ in South Korea use Facebook to find jobs and work there illegally

More people from Thailand are flocking to South Korea – and the lure of higher wages is driving Thais to share tips with friends back home on how to work in the East Asian country without a permit.

3 Jul 2019 - 8:22PM

More people from Thailand are flocking to South Korea – and the lure of higher wages is driving Thais to share tips with friends back home on how to work in the East Asian country without a permit.

Thailand’s ‘little ghosts’ in South Korea use Facebook to find jobs and work there illegally
Thai authorities to live-stream care of beached baby dugong named Mariam

Mariam, a baby dugong beached on a southern island, has become an internet sensation since her carers began posting videos and photos of her on Facebook

28 Jun 2019 - 5:17PM

Mariam, a baby dugong beached on a southern island, has become an internet sensation since her carers began posting videos and photos of her on Facebook

Thai authorities to live-stream care of beached baby dugong named Mariam
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