Outlook for Thai-US-China relations.
Chatchai Thipsunaree, Thailand’s permanent secretary in the Ministry of Transport, confirmed on May 17 that construction of the long-awaited Thai-China high-speed railway will begin this year. The project reflects the growing momentum in Thailand’s relations with China, and refiguring of ties with the United States.
- Trump administration officials see less strategic imperative in the US-Thailand alliance than previous administrations.
- China’s growing presence in South-east Asia, particularly on the Mekong, will trigger resistance from affected populations in Thailand.
- Thai officials will allow Chinese infrastructure projects to proceed despite local protests.