Military regime justified its coup on uprooting the previous government’s boondoggle rice price scheme but four years later it’s not clear farmers are any better off
Some conservationists, however, have now come to see tourism – and diving in particular – as the solution to the global coral-reef decline.
With poll countdowns starting, the government has vowed to rev up planned infrastructure projects worth 300-400 billion baht within four months.
Over the past two years, Chinese investors appear to have invaded provinces in the North, such as Chiang Rai and Phayao, to grow Cavendish bananas after the practice was banned in Laos.
The National Parks, Wildlife and Plant Conservation Department is exploring opportunities to work with its partners in neighbouring countries to step up efforts to protect national parks with transboundary features.
Long before Belt & Road projects were seen as sovereignty-eroding debt traps, Bangkok’s military rulers were tactfully resisting the terms and reach of Beijing’s advances.