New Thai-Chinese Chamber of Commerce head outlines policies

The new President of the Thai-Chinese Chamber of Commerce, Narongsak Puttapornmongkol, is promoting a policy supporting joint investment, connecting the Belt and Road Initiative and the Eastern Economic Corridor (EEC). He has expressed confidence that Chinese investment in Thailand will grow, as the chamber is ...

Praphorn Praphornkul

Opportunity from the rise of China

Today, the role of China in the world has dramatically increased in importance, both in terms of the economy and politics, according to a speech given by President Xi Jinping on China National Day. Thai PBS World reporters have participated in a workshop on the ...

Belt and Road financiers to favour ‘greener’ and social projects

Financiers of China’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) have committed to funding environmentally and socially sustainable projects, expanding on the $100 billion worth of “green” BRI projects since 2013 when the initiative was launched.In 2018, the Green Finance Committee (GFC) of the China Society for ...

Phuwit Limviphuwat

Supply chains re-routed to Asean

Chinese investment in the region’s manufacturing sector will intensify in the upcoming decade as China uses its Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) to reorientate the global supply chain towards Asean in response to its trade battle with the United States, a geopolitical expert predicts. Keep reading ...

Phuwit Limviphuwat

ADB is essential – and can do better

With China making generous loans to countries around the world, the Asian Development Bank should be seen more as an inspiration than as a rival. The Asian Development Bank (ADB) was proactively responding to new challenges arising in its mission to help developing countries when ...

The Nation Reporter

Rail deals must have accountability

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha’s recent participation in the second Belt and Road Forum (BRF) in Beijing was problematic on many levels. On what basis did Gen Prayut negotiate a rail deal between Thailand and China? What are the details and cost-benefit considerations of this deal? ...

Thitinan Pongsudhirak


Prime Minister General Prayut Chan-o-cha yesterday threw his full support behind China’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), saying it was in line with Asean principles and goals. In his speech at the Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation, the Thai premier said China’s ambitious ...

The Nation Reporter

Lancang-Mekong Cooperation: Blessing or curse?

The Lancang-Mekong Cooperation (LMC) marked its third anniversary last week with the announcement that China’s trade with the five Mekong member countries – Cambodia, Lao, Myanmar, Thailand and Vietnam – has reached over US$260 billion for the period, highlighting the overarching role China plays in ...

Jason Thomas

As questions are raised about ‘belt and road’, projects slow in Southeast Asia

China is reshaping the approach of its flagship “Belt and Road Initiative” in Southeast Asia, as Chinese projects in the region plunged last year amid growing global scrutiny of Beijing’s development strategy.Keep reading ...

Sarah Zheng

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 ...

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