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

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
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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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