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BANGKOK 21 July 2019 03:15
Jonathan Fairfield

FM Don advises Thanathorn not to talk about ASEAN

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FM Don advises Thanathorn not to talk about ASEAN

 

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Thailand’s Foreign Minister Don Pramudwinai has told Future Forward party leader Thanathorn Juangroongruangkit be quiet and not to talk about ASEAN’s principle of non-interference if he does not know anything about the matter.

 

The minister was responding to Thanathorn’s comment, made in wake of the 34thASEAN Summit during the weekend, that ASEAN should drop its principle of non-interference in the affairs of member countries and, instead, should keep a check on one another in order to improve the lives of the people in the region.

 

Don told the media today that he has been involved in ASEAN affairs and its development since its inception in 1976, when he was an official at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

 

Full story: https://www.thaipbsworld.com/fm-don-advises-thanathorn-not-to-talk-about-asean/

 

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-- © Copyright Thai PBS 2019-06-25
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Morons!

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2 hours ago, bluesofa said:

What a load of borrocks.

 

How can they keep a check on one another in the region when the minister has just stated about the Asean policy of non-interference in member states?

 

AFAIK, Laos has never complained about Thailand Customs not allowing free-trade as per the toothless Asean Free Trade Agreement. More than likely due to the policy of non-interference in member states, although Laos doesn't really have much clout against Thailand.

 

This is how come Thai Customs cancelled import duty on Beer Laos into Thailand, and immediately introduced a 'Special Tax" instead, at exactly the same rate as the cancelled import duty.

This is why Beer Laos is the same price in Thailand as it's always been.

The Thai brewing monopoly could well have been behind this, as they don't want any 'real competition', despite them being keen to export their own products.

 

The last paragraph applies; Charoen of ThaiBeverage was forced to sell his 50% in 2010 - against his will - to Carlsberg due to an earlier agreement. He sued Carlsberg in turn in Hong Kong and did win something like USD 120 million but the Beerlao deal was gone for him.

Needless to say that quite a few customs bigwigs will stand up, if Chaoren enters their offices 😉 

 

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9 minutes ago, Eric Loh said:

Asean non interference is a guiding principle but has never been absolute. When Vietnam invaded Cambodia in the 70s, member countries spoke out strongly. Donkey Don is an absolute idiot not knowing this. 

I had to look it up, as I didn't think Asean existed then. I see it originates back to 1967. I don't know when this silly non-interference policy started though.

 

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Well the summit (discussing 'green' issues) didn't get a good write on a science forum I visit after Thailand supplied the seats...made from recycled paper. The seats were apparently made only for the members to show that Thailand is achieving a 'green' status.

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