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An improvement in third-quarter data and tourism limping back have not offset a surge in household debt, which hit 84 per cent of GDP in the second quarter.
Up to 15 million youth jobs in the region are expected to disappear in 2020, and even those who can find work face the prospect of lower earnings for years to come.
China’s foreign minister is expected to press the Thai government to sign an agreement on a rail link, even as Prime Minister Prayuth struggles to keep a lid on anti-government protests.
The Thai party town is still pinning its future on Chinese cash, even though tourist arrivals have dried up due to coronavirus restrictions.
Student-led protests have flickered since last year’s elections, when former junta chief Prayuth Chan-ocha solidified the military-backed establishment’s grip on power.
Rapper-turned-life coach Sean Buranahiran was flying high as an online influencer. Then he praised a former army chief with links to the old ruling Thai junta.
Marketing itself as a safe haven, the kingdom is looking to appeal to well-heeled buyers and travellers, as the days of banking on high volumes of low-paying visitors look to be over.
As Covid-19 eats into Thailand’s exports and tourism, the wealth gap in what was already one of the world’s most unequal countries is only getting wider.
With the country’s infamous red light districts dimmed since the end of March, an untold number of Thai sex workers have found themselves searching for new ways to pay the bills.