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Thailand, US to cooperate in fight against COVID-19

 

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BANGKOK (NNT) - Thailand and the United States of America have resolved to cooperate in the fight against the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic and to pursue closer bilateral economic, trade and investment cooperation.

 

The US Ambassador to Thailand, Michael George DeSombre, paid a courtesy call on Prime Minister and Defense Minister, Gen. Prayut Chan-o-cha, on the occasion of the start of the ambassador’s Bangkok posting. Both officials lauded the bilateral relations between the two countries and their long-standing cooperation in various fields, such as security and public health. The US Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has its largest overseas office in Bangkok.

 

The Prime Minister thanked the US for sending PPE (Personal Protective Equipment) and offering moral support to Thailand at this challenging time. He also urged closer cooperation among all countries in the fight against COVID-19. Concerning the economy, trade and investment, he said there are still many opportunities in Thailand. The US Ambassador expressed his intention to strengthen the bilateral economic partnership

 

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Is the U.S. finally getting concerned, always has been concerned, with the increasing cozy relationship Thailand has with China?

The two dragons of the East and of the West have similar physical characteristics, their symbolic representations are drastically different however and, in a way, symbolize the cultural differences between the two. The most notable difference between the Asian and European dragons is that while the European folklore has portrayed the dragons as evil, fearsome and malevolent creatures, the Asian cultures regard them as benevolent beings.

The question becomes... which of the East and West is the evil malevolent and which is the good and benevolent? 

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They may act like they dislike western influence, but in times like this Thailand really can't go it alone. 

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14 hours ago, realfunster said:

Not sure what to make of this. US trying to maintain it’s position in the region and gently warning against too much Sino influence and focus ?

 

The US are big & strong enough to come out of this on the other side in half decent shape. China may in due course face wider global pushback for its handling & reporting of the initial outbreak, and how global supply chains have broken down. The EU, who knows..?


Will be wise for Thailand to juggle all these relationships very carefully for its own benefit for its post-Covid recovery. Ultimately, the biggest & richest fish in the pond for the foreseeable future are still the US/EU (Combined GDP USD41 trillion (22+19 respectively) around 3x China at USD14 trillion - IMF 2019 estimates.) .....but there are more padded envelopes and less bothersome regulations down the Chinese route....

A very good point. I'm not a Trump fan but I think he's more likely to hold China to account. 

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And at the end of this important meeting, both parties agreed to crush the USD, so American expats in Thailand have something else to worry about...

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13 minutes ago, rkidlad said:

I think Thailand should be steering away from China now. I thought that before anyway. China might be good at business and making money, but it’s a horrible regime that will let its own citizens die before it loses money or face. 


All of those considerations evaporate into nothingness when set against the only metric that matters to those in government: personal enrichment.

As @realfunster has already noted, veering towards China will lead to many more envelopes.

 

 

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"The US CDC has its largest overseas office in Bangkok." That's extremely notable. Is it because of the history of AIDS, or what? Anyone have a clue?

 

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11 minutes ago, donnacha said:


All of those considerations evaporate into nothingness when set against the only metric that matters to those in government: personal enrichment.

As @realfunster has already noted, veering towards China will lead to many more envelopes.

 

 

But if the world turns its back on China, those envelopes will become thinner. 

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17 hours ago, snoop1130 said:

The Prime Minister thanked the US for sending PPE (Personal Protective Equipment) and offering moral support to Thailand at this challenging time.

One way traffic again... 

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