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22 Dec 2013 : The first really good news concerning diplomatic relations in East Asia in some time came out on Friday with the announcement that Japan's foreign minister and the Chinese envoy had met and had what was termed a "friendly" discussion. There were no details of the topics discussed but Japanese Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida said afterwards that he and the Chinese ambassador, Cheng Yonghua, had "meaningful exchanges" based on their "mutually beneficial relationship". It may be a small thing, but anything to get the ball rolling toward greater diplomacy and peaceful negotiations between the two Asian powers is highly welcome, and hopefully a meeting between their leaders, Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Chinese President Xi Jinping, will also soon be in the offing.
22 Dec 2013 : In his letter to PostBag on Thursday (''Pheu Thai must win trust''), Burin Kantabutra asks readers how Pheu Thai can earn the trust of anti-government protesters prior to the election.
22 Dec 2013 : It's ''Jingern Ben'' time again in Thailand (Jingle Bells to the uninitiated), but one suspects there won't be too much jingling going on this year. A bit of whistle-blowing, perhaps.
22 Dec 2013 : If the re-election of Abhisit Vejjajiva as the Democrat Party's leader ensures anything, it is that Pheu Thai will win every single general election in the foreseeable future.
21 Dec 2013 : While Suthep Thaugsuban's rhetoric from the stage remains indignant and as the protest continues in the streets, rest assured that behind the scenes everyone is looking for a way out. But the way out must also save face.
21 Dec 2013 : Re: "Our system is a democracy of lesser evils" (Opinion, Dec 20).
21 Dec 2013 : When mobs take to the streets and violence looms, the world pays attention. No matter how closely these events are covered, our perceptions of them are coloured by distance, geopolitics and cultural stereotyping. Thus a mob seeking to bring down a government in one part of the world threatens democracy, while a similar action by a mob in another part of the world is seeking to protect it.
21 Dec 2013 : In our atmosphere of half-truth, everyone is Cyclops. Or like a pirate, we voluntarily wear an eye patch as we squint into a telescope. We think we see, but in fact we're blind. The world is wide and puzzling, and it's easier to slice it in half. As we sail around with one eye shut, we create our own version of reality that is narrow, exclusive, defined by the confined vision that collectively becomes unwholesome truth.
20 Dec 2013 : New York Times Southeast Asia correspondent Thomas Fuller has quite an impressive profile. He has reported from Asia since 1997 when several countries, including Thailand, suffered financial meltdown. He covered the US invasion of Iraq, the Arab Spring and the list goes on and on.
20 Dec 2013 : When people in your organisation are accused of involvement in the slave trade, you must investigate these claims. If you find the culprits, punish them severely, then set up measures to stop future criminal acts.
20 Dec 2013 : The Rice Growers Association recently disclosed that most rice growers have faced delayed payments for their pledged rice since last October. The Commerce Ministry pointed out that the delay was caused by a shortage of funds at the Bank of Agriculture and Agricultural Cooperatives (BAAC).
20 Dec 2013 : A man, whose alleged multiple crimes of child molestation and murder have shocked the nation, was arrested last Saturday. Though he was believed to have acted alone, he has other accomplices who, one way or another, helped to make sure that the conditions that perpetuate such a crime remain unaffected.