Former diplomat and Thai prime minister Anand Panyarachun is seen as a pioneer in Sino-Thai relations in a new book by Dominic Faulder. Photo: SCMP
Former diplomat and Thai prime minister Anand Panyarachun is seen as a pioneer in Sino-Thai relations in a new book by Dominic Faulder. Photo: SCMP
Thailand

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A prime minister who modernised Thailand, a diplomat who broke the ice with Mao’s China

  • Anand Panyarachun became Thai prime minister after everyone else turned the job down, yet ended up passing key laws to liberalise business and finance
  • Earlier, as a diplomat, he launched secret talks on normalising ties with China, then pushed through American forces’ exit from Thailand after the Vietnam war

Former diplomat and Thai prime minister Anand Panyarachun is seen as a pioneer in Sino-Thai relations in a new book by Dominic Faulder. Photo: SCMP
Former diplomat and Thai prime minister Anand Panyarachun is seen as a pioneer in Sino-Thai relations in a new book by Dominic Faulder. Photo: SCMP
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