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Is Bangkok trying to bend away from Beijing?

Since the military coup in 2014, Thai foreign policy has moved closer towards Beijing at the expense of its longstanding ties with Washington.

Are Trade agreements in ASEAN’s best interests ?

The United States and China view trade agreements like the TPP, RCEP and FTAAP as ways to limit each other’s ability to compete in their respective areas of interest. China, as a growing economic power, has an interest in leading the East Asian institutional architecture and needs to ensure that neither the United States nor Japan will dominate the region.

TMB Analytics forecasts 2017’s GDP at 3.5%

TMB Analytics forecasts that the country’s economy will grow by 3.5 percent in 2017, as risks remain in the global economy.

Thailand’s Industry confidence falls for eight consecutive months

Thailand's industry confidence index continued to decline in August for eight consecutive months as investors remained worry of the sluggish economy.

ASEAN Corner : New Bus Route Linking Thailand and Laos

With the ASEAN Economic Community AEC on the horizon, Thailand and Lao PDR have jointly opened a new bus route, linking both countries.The two countries have already opened four bridges along their transportation routes.
Phuket airport

Thai Tourism Products Score High in new Travel Poll

Altogether, a total of 61 Thai tourism industry products were listed in the poll rankings, some in the top ten and others in the top 25. The list was led by Phuket, which was ranked the second-best holiday destination in Asia. Bangkok ranked 4th best city for business and fifth in the top ten holiday destinations in Asia.

Tourism Council of Thailand : confidence index drops 8%

Tourism Council of Thailand reported, Wednesday, its tourism confidence index for April to June 2012 dropped eight points to 92. Research was compared to a normal confidence benchmark of 100. The index gained data from 600 tour agencies.
Flooded Canon factory at an industrial estate in the hard-hit province of Pathum Thani, north of Bangkok

Thailand cuts taxes to boost investment in flooded areas

The eligible new or expanded investment projects located in Pathum Thani province (in BOI Zone 1) will be exempt from corporate income tax for eight years with a cap of 150% of the investment value.