Trump’s GSP seafood cut gives Thailand 2020 GDP an early whack (video) *updated

Trump’s GSP seafood cut gives Thailand 2020 GDP an early whack (video) *updated

The struggling Thailand economy received an unexpected whack for the year ahead yesterday (Oct 26) when US President Donald Trump suspended $1.3 billion worth of duty-free trade for Thai items, including seafood, under the Generalized System of Preferences (GSP) programme. President Trump is reported to have sent a letter to US House of Representatives Speaker, […]

Thailand English-language News For October 18

In Thailand English-language News for October 18, 2017, Newsline presenter Cholaphansa Narula tells us about: 00:30 | Deputy prime minister of foreign affairs, General Thanasak Patimaprakorn has reported that the second rehearsal for installation of the Nine-Tiered Great White Umbrella of State atop the principal pavilion of the royal crematorium yesterday went smoothly and construction of the crematorium will […]

Vietnam’s Stellar Economic Growth Stumbles

Vietnam’s Stellar Economic Growth Stumbles

Last year’s extreme drought and contractions in the mining sector have combined to strip Vietnam of its stellar economic growth for 2016, while what effect the death two weeks ago of King Bhumibol Adulyadej will have on Thailand, the  nation with the fastest recovering GDP in Asean for 2016, remains to be seen. Meanwhile the […]

Subplots in Thailand Submarine Setback

Subplots in Thailand Submarine Setback

In June 2015 several announcements suggested that Thailand would acquire three Chinese submarines for 36 billion baht (US$1.03billion). But by mid-July Thailand Defence Minister Prawit Wongsuwon stated that the proposal would be deferred and subject to further review. While some commentators were quick to surmise that US diplomatic pressure had been applied, it is equally […]

Thailand Alcohol Law Changes Threaten Culinary Title, Enrich Others

Thailand Alcohol Law Changes Threaten Culinary Title, Enrich Others

An amendment to Thailand’s Alcohol Control Act threatens to stymie Bangkok’s reputation as an international culinary centre while at the same time adding considerable value to the plethora of beer and go-go bars that give the Thai capital – and several other locations – its character and international adult-nightlife reputation. Drafted by the National Alcoholic […]