Five years after the latest in a long string of coups, democracy is back in town in Thailand. Or at least, that’s what it looks like. But in Sunday’s election, winning the most votes and winning power are not the same thing.
These are the players and the situation on the ground as the junta-led Southeast Asian nation gears up for its first election since 2011.
Apec promotes economic growth, cooperation, and trade and investment liberalisation in the Pacific Rim. Its members are referred to as economies, not states, so delegates from China, Hong Kong and Taiwan can all participate.
From budget airlines and a boom in passengers to the mystery disappearance of MH370 and the Lion Air crash, Asia’s aviation sector has seen stunning highs – and devastating lows.
Taiwan and Australia are beacons of progress on LGBTQ issues, while India is improving (but Hong Kong not so much). Meanwhile, Indonesia and Malaysia are going backwards.
In 2017, China, India and Japan were ranked first, third and fifth among the world’s worst polluting countries.
India and Pakistan are among the world’s nine nuclear weapons states, alongside China, France, Israel, North Korea, Russia, the United Kingdom and the US.
Several Asian countries rely heavily on social media for information, making them particularly vulnerable to the spread of fake news.
Monarchic rule was once the most common form of government across much of Asia, but today only a handful of royal families remain
Will both sides iron out their differences or be locked in a stalemate forever?