Follow up on the development regarding the ASEAN-China High Level Forum meeting held in Bangkok Aug 2, China seems to have been addressing its ASEAN counterparts more softly regarding the sea territorial row.
The 5th International NGO Conference on Historical Conflicts in East Asia was held in Seoul, South Korea, between July 21-25, 2013. It was also a week of commemorating the 60th Anniversary of the Korean War armistice, yet the region does not to have any further than the post-Cold War era where nationalism took over from other ideologies. Various parties from the civil society gather to discuss the resolution towards achieving peace and reconciliation, as they realized that through people-to-people contact could only mend the scars from historical war trauma in Northeast Asia.
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Recently the government has called on a meeting between ministers to work out measures to boost the economy, with PM Yingluck knowing that the second half of this year will definitely be tough for the Thai economy.
“The govt is running out of ammunition to boost the economy,” said a former finance chief. “So it didn’t last long.”
Question: How is govt going to prop up the troubled economy in H2 of 2013?
Asst. Prof. Dr. Imtiyaz Yusuf (Director of the Center for Buddhist-Muslim Understanding, Mahidol University) said the next step for the Muslim Brotherhood is how to go forward from now given the country’s deep political divide. The Brotherhood used to fight against authoritarianism, but recently it ‘became exclusive’.
More than 75% Egyptians wants change; they’re not happy with the drastic living conditions, taxis still have to queue up to refill their tanks, fuel and economic shortages.
Meanwhile, “external players have basically failed,” said Yusuf, in contributing to the peace efforts in the Mideast.
The other question in the meantime is whether we should call the Egypt situation a military coup or the people’s revolution? Assoc. Prof. Dr. Panitan Wattanakorn from the Political Science Faculty, Chulalongkorn University, said we must see whether is the toppled leader is being held by military without access to the world. But in this case, it would be hard to classify because it involves mass protests as well.
The situation has also become a dilemma for the US, as it provides around 1.3 billion USD of military aid to Egypt every year since 1987. If it acknowledge the situation as a coup, the US law states that all aids will be revoked. That’s bad for the US, because it will affect existing contracts with American arms manufacturing companies that could have shut down production lines, says a NYT report.
International market is now laughing at the way Thai govt is moving back and forth with rice pledge price, explained Chukiat Opaswong, the honorary president of Thai Rice Exporter Association. Govt should have a clear move before announcing to do something. As the newly-appointed commerce ministers now wants to focus on releasing the stockpile, they would need the private sector’s help. But exporters say that would be difficult with the current price range at 15,000THB.
US Embassy Spokesman Walter Braunohler clarifies the misunderstanding of a report that claims US FDA has halted imports of Thai rice due to contamination, as well as the FDA’s import alert that’s been incorporated in the news.