June 26, 2014

Thailand's Junta Follows the Chinese Model

Sean Thomas, The Spectator

The Associated Press

Arguably, this model was pioneered by the Singaporeans, but the Chinese have shown you can use the same model for a big country. China is, by some estimates, already overtaking America in sheer economic size. Countries around the world have begun to veer away from the liberal western road map. And this is how Teflon Thailand is revealing a global trend. Just like nations in the Middle East and Africa, it is looking to autocratic Beijing for constitutional inspiration, not democratic Washington, London or Paris.

Read Full Article ››

TAGGED: China, Thailand

RECOMMENDED ARTICLES

June 24, 2014
Thailand Now the Land of Snitches
Charlie Campbell, Time
Thailand’s ruling junta is offering 500 baht ($15) to anyone submitting a photo of anticoup activities — either taken firsthand or downloaded from social media. more ››
June 14, 2014
Every Coup Has a Silver Lining
Sumati Sivasiamphai, Bangkok Post
It has been about three weeks since our military overlords took over the country in the May 22 coup. Despite some valiant efforts by the army to repay rice farmers money owed to them, a plan to restore the country is failing. more ››
June 20, 2014
A Climate of Fear in Thailand
Pavin Chachavalpongpun, Japan Times
The Thai military has claimed that the coup it staged May 22 was needed to restore peace and order in the country. In reality, the military intervention has restored neither peace nor order. Instead, what has come to replace the... more ››
June 15, 2014
A Superpower Showdown in Asia
John Hemmings, The National Interest
Has US grand strategy been successful? Overall, this is debatable. On the one hand, the US and its allies have helped China raise millions of its citizens out of poverty, an incredibly historical achievement. But while the US... more ››
It appears to be. And its hostility is only likely to increase as the regime turns to forces such as nationalism to legitimate itself in the face of an inevitable slowdown in China’s rate of growth. more ››