With for­eign in­vest­ment ris­ing, Thai­land can choose suit­ors

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Re: “The del­i­cate art of bal­anc­ing China and US”, The Na­tion, Oc­to­ber 29.

As a de­vel­op­ing na­tion in Asia, Thai­land can boast a two-way street when it comes to fos­ter­ing bi­lat­eral re­la­tions and eco­nomic pri­or­i­ties with the US and China. Thai­land is well-equipped with lo­cal tal­ent and ex­pe­ri­enced eco­nomic ad­vis­ers and ex­perts, while for­eign in­vestors and in­vest­ment are pour­ing into the coun­try ahead of the next gen­eral elec­tion, said to be in De­cem­ber 2018.

Some gen­er­al­i­ties in the post but, yes, there is a for­eign bal­ance is­sue for South­east Asian coun­tries when it comes to China and the US. Trade will al­ways be a com­mon con­nec­tion, but other po­lit­i­cal/so­cial is­sues will al­ways cause some fric­tion. To be ex­pected. This coup was to bring hap­pi­ness back to the peo­ple. It has. All the rich who op­posed elected gov­ern­ments are now very happy.

At least they have done some­thing and started to get back en­croached-upon land, some­thing no other govt ac­tu­ally did, pre­fer­ring in­stead to let it con­tinue since it was their “mates” do­ing the en­croach­ing. The only way it will be stopped is to de­mol­ish all the build­ing on the land and seize all of the en­croach­ers’ as­sets, as the only thing these peo­ple un­der­stand is money. If they start los­ing it all they will panic. Jail time would also be very ben­e­fi­cial. Trou­ble is no one wants to make the rich pay for what they are do­ing, so in re­al­ity it won’t be fixed un­til their is a govt that has the balls to do what is right and not what favours their friends.

The wild beauty of Thai­land’s na­tional parks is slowly be­ing eaten away by il­le­gal hu­man de­vel­op­ment.

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