South China Morning Post

Thailand’s street protests return, taking aim at Prayuth’s handling of Covid-19 pandemic

More than a year after youth-led pro-democracy protests first swept the country demanding Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha’s resignation and a new constitution, street politics have returned to Thailand.This even though Covid-19 cases are surging with Bangkok under a lockdown. The capital’s medical system has been ...

How China’s cooperation with Mekong countries can overcome a trust deficit

First proposed at the 17th Asean-China Summit in 2014 by Chinese Premier Li Keqiang, the Lancang-Mekong Cooperation (LMC) mechanism aims to enhance economic cooperation, environmental protection efforts and transboundary water governance between the countries along the river’s length, namely China, Myanmar, Laos, Thailand, Cambodia, and ...

Why Asean needs to care about Mekong issues like it did with haze

The Mekong river, which runs through China, Myanmar, Laos, Thailand, Cambodia and Vietnam, is the beating heart of mainland Southeast Asia, sustaining the livelihoods of around 66 million people. Yet the river is running dry, with its water levels at their lowest in 100 years. ...

Thailand’s worst drought in 40 years turns Bangkok tap water salty

Some residents of Bangkok can literally taste the risk of a potentially damaging drought in Thailand.Tap water has turned saltier in parts of the city, a development blamed on the Chao Phraya river becoming too low to keep tidal seawater out.The saline intrusion is just ...

Does US really care about Thai workers … or is it America First?

US commerce secretary Wilbur Ross on Monday wrapped up his two-day visit to Bangkok by assuring his hosts that Washington was open to negotiations over its decision to suspend the duty-free status of Thai imports.After a meeting with Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha, Ross told a ...

Jitsiree Thongnoi

China’s Mekong ambitions cause concern for Thai locals (Video)

The Mekong River is possibly the most important waterway in Southeast Asia. It feeds 60 million people in six countries and there have been long-standing concerns that China is trying to control it. China recently halted plans in March to blast rapids along the river ...

Yuki Tsang

Thailand eyes new status as Southeast Asia’s energy trading hub

Thailand is jump starting a decades-old plan to create a Southeast Asia electricity supergrid, and wants to be the power-trading hub at the centre of it.The nation is set to triple the amount of electricity from Laos that it resells to Malaysia, while encouraging infrastructure ...

Southeast Asia to suffer intense, more frequent drought without government action: UN and Asean report

Drought in Southeast Asia may become even more frequent and intense if countries do not take steps to reduce its impact, according to a joint study from the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (Escap) and Asean.Keep reading ...

‘Computer error’ blamed for incorrect vote totals, says Thai Election Commission

Thailand’s Election Commission said on Friday computer software was partly to blame for inconsistent and delayed vote totals from last Sunday’s general election.During early reporting of the election results, its tabulation software had trouble handling data entered simultaneously from several points and sometimes displayed incorrect ...

Will Thailand’s election turmoil hit China-backed US$54 billion Eastern Economic Corridor?

Thailand’s Eastern Economic Corridor, a 1.7 trillion baht (US$54.2 billion) development heavily reliant on Chinese backing, should emerge unscathed by the kingdom’s pre-election political turmoil, analysts say.Keep reading ...

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