Wednesday, March 4, 2015
Outlook for Thailand's ties with other South-east Asian powers and the United States.
As Thailand moves uncertainly toward a new constitution and parliamentary elections in 2016, the junta is seeking this year to strengthen relations with other South-east Asian governments and regional powers. The junta aims to boost investor confidence and its political legitimacy by reclaiming Thailand's past role as a major ASEAN actor.
- A Code of Conduct with China in the South China Sea is unlikely.
- Despite rhetorical rifts, Washington and Bangkok will continue to cooperate on key regional issues, such as Cobra Gold military exercises.
- To Beijing, US ties with South-east Asia will justify China's military aggrandisement and cultivation of regional proxies such as Laos.