Dadodin Patavatto a Buddhist monk, leads a silent march to the prime minister's office in Bangkok to demonstrate against a proposed coal power plant in southern Thailand. The plans for an 800-megawatt coal power plant have sparked an outcry in the typically tranquil Krabi province, famed for its white sand and picturesque limestone cliffs. Photo: AP

Thailand chases Chinese money, but at what cost?

From environmental damage to technology transfer, the junta’s overdrive to tap Chinese investment raises a lot of questions as the men in uniform try to breathe life into a slackening economy in order to legitimise their rule

Topic |   Belt and Road Initiative

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Dadodin Patavatto a Buddhist monk, leads a silent march to the prime minister's office in Bangkok to demonstrate against a proposed coal power plant in southern Thailand. The plans for an 800-megawatt coal power plant have sparked an outcry in the typically tranquil Krabi province, famed for its white sand and picturesque limestone cliffs. Photo: AP
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Laura Villadiego

Laura Villadiego

Born and raised in Spain, Laura Villadiego is a freelance journalist specialized in human rights, labour issues and the environment. Based in Thailand, she has been covering Southeast Asia since 2009. Her work has been published in international media outlets, such as Al Jazeera, The Guardian or the Spanish News Agency EFE. She has also co-authored two books focused on supply chains.