On Nov 18, 2012, during US President Barack Obama's visit to Thailand, Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra announced that Thailand would join the Proliferation Security Initiative (PSI). Thailand is the fifth of the 10 members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) to join the PSI, after Singapore (2004), the Philippines (2005), Brunei Darussalam (2008), and Cambodia (2008); the non-participating countries are Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar, Laos and Vietnam.
USPresident Barack Obama,accompanied by Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra, inspects an honour guard while on an official visit to Thailand inNovember last year duringwhich Thailand pledged to enter the Proliferation Security Initiative.
It will have taken nearly 10 years to convince half of Asean's member states to join the PSI. Is the glass half full or half empty?
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