Joseph Thomas

US Decries Chinese High-Speed Rail in Laos

LA564234234China’s plans to build high-speed rail connecting Kunming in its Yunnan province with the rest of Southeast Asia are already underway. In the landlocked nation of Laos, tunnels and bridges are already under construction. The United States has, in general, condemned China’s One…

Future of Asia: China’s Economic Opport...

USTA34234234The US recently announced possible plans to deploy thousands of addition US Marines to East Asia as part of the recently revealed 2018 National Security Strategy which designates China along with Russia as the US Department of Defence’s “principal priorities.” The Business…

Vietnam Locks up US-funded Agitators

h1278Vietnam has tried and imprisoned several members of a US-funded network engaged in sedition across the country. The move follows  trials and prison terms handed out earlier this year for other US-funded operatives meddling in Vietnam’s internal political affairs. The prison terms for…

Exposing and Stopping the Danger of US “...

64112US soft power is included in US policy papers and promoted by US politicians and diplomats on a regular basis. It is also included as the admitted purpose of US, UK and European international programmes like Chevening and Fulbright scholarships. Foreign Affairs magazine, published…

Fake News Storm Clouds Gather Over Southeast ...

6673 neo 765From Cambodia to Thailand American and European media companies have launched a campaign of disinformation aimed at reversing Washington’s waning influence in the region vis-à-vis not only Beijing, but the growing strength of nations the US and Europe once saw as mere geopolitical…

Confirmed US Meddling in Thailand’s Upc...

150408136458504As the United States intensifies its accusations against Russia for alleged interference in the 2016 US Presidential Elections, the United States itself is found engaged in confirmed political interference worldwide. This includes in Southeast…

New Year, New Turmoil as US Targets Thailand

EM45312312Washington’s Asia-Pacific strategy has gone from maintaining primacy over the region for decades to increasingly desperate attempts to salvage its now waning influence. This is in part due to China’s rise as an economic, military and political regional power as well as the increasing…

America’s Awkward “Pivot” t...

256546342The so-called “Pivot to Asia” initiated under the administration of US President Barack Obama as a means of reinvigorating US influence across Asia Pacific vis-à-vis China has resulted in a backlash against tired US policies predicated on “democracy…

Flaunting British Neo-Imperialism in Asia-Pac...

U54635623For over a century, the British Empire exerted control over Asia-Pacific, outright colonising India, Burma, Malaysia, Hong Kong, Singapore and Australia while influencing and encroaching upon greater China, Siam and beyond. It exploited the people and natural resources of…

EU “Restoring” Ties with Thailand...

E06745634A mid-December announcement by the European Union was made stating that the EU had agreed to restore ties with the Southeast Asian Kingdom of Thailand “at all levels” after suspending them in 2014 in the wake of a military coup which ousted…

What Southeast Asian Muslims’ Response ...

45234234234US President Donald Trump’s announcement to move the US embassy in Israel from the city of Tel Aviv to Jerusalem has ignited protests, tensions and fears of future conflict across the Middle East…

Thailand: US Creating “Space” For...

TA3423111In late November, the US, Canadian and British embassies along with several other European partners as well as the US National Endowment for Democracy (NED) and Amnesty International, organised what they called the “Isaan Human…


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