Thailand - ASEAN to strengthen cooperation against transnational crimes

Thailand is ready to cooperate with ASEAN to push regional cooperation on border management to ensure security in a sustainable and concrete manner. Prime Minister Gen. Prayut Chan-o-cha hopes this year’s High Level Regional Conference will serve as a forum for members to exchange ideas, ...

ASEAN’s insatiable demand for energy

As Southeast Asia becomes one of the fastest developing regions in the world, concerns over its energy security is fast growing. Southeast Asia has a combined population of over 600 million people and an economy worth nearly US$3 trillion. Furthermore, the World Economic Forum (WEF) ...

ASEAN tackle marine debris

In term of the environment issues, ASEAN has focused on the marine debris pollution which the sources of marine waste come from ASEAN countries.  This year, Thailand will play the important role to cooperate with other ASEAN member in order to manage the marine pollution.Keep ...

The Mission of Thailand as ASEAN Chairmanship

As Thailand will assume the ASEAN Chairmanship next year, let’s take a look at the country’s mission to host important meetings at various levels.Keep watching ...

China’s belt-and-road plans are to be welcomed—and worried about

Shunning all false modesty, China’s leader, Xi Jinping, calls his idea the “project of the century”. The country’s fawning media hail it as a gift of “Chinese wisdom” to the world’s development. As for the real meaning of the clumsy metaphor to describe it—the Belt ...

Asean worries about Thailand’s ability to lead grouping amid political challenges

Can Thailand handle the upcoming general election and also chair Asean in the same year? This was a question posed by Asean colleagues last year to Thai officials during a meeting of the 10-member bloc, suggesting a lack of confidence in the Kingdom’s ability to carry ...

Supalak Ganjanakhundee

Challenges in store as Thailand assumes Asean chair

As Thailand takes the 2019 Asean chairmanship on Tuesday, threats and challenges lie on the horizon. Experts are warning that Thailand and Asean must brace for spillover from the trade war between the United States and China and push harder for the promotion of free ...

Patpon Sabpaitoon

Prospects for ASEAN leadership on regional development

At the ASEAN Summit in Singapore, Thai Prime Minister Prayut Chan-ocha unveiled sustainable development as the theme for Thailand’s year in the revolving chair of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations. While some say this focus sidesteps major issues facing ASEAN in 2019, we believe ...

Overcoming challenges to sustainable energy development

Today, sustainable or renewable energy development is the talk of the town given current global circumstances. Global warming and climate change are already threatening our environment and the world is racing to mitigate these problems.Keep reading ...

Angaindrankumar Gnanasagaran

Thailand to lead Asean with creativity, complementarities and continuity

A briefing of foreign diplomats in Bangkok yesterday (Nov, 21) on Thailand’s coming year as chair of Asean was told the community needs to re-think its strategies and approaches if it is to remain relevant and central to the region.Keep reading ...

John Le Fevre

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