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Navigating Foreign Relations: Thailand’s Balanced Approach

As Thailand’s government faces the challenge of maintaining a balanced foreign policy amidst intense rivalry between the United States and China, Prime Minister Srettha Thavisin has embarked on key international visits, starting with the 78th Session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA78) in New York. In the U.S., he held talks with national leaders, heads of international organizations, and global company executives such as Tesla’s CEO, Elon Musk. PM Srettha’s upcoming visit to China further reflects the government’s efforts to maintain equilibrium in its relations with both superpowers.

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Steve Madden Opens Largest Flagship Store at CentralWorld

MAP Active Adiperkasa Ltd. unveils the grand opening of Steve Madden’s flagship store at the acclaimed CentralWorld Shopping Centre in Bangkok, Thailand. Spanning 142 sq.m., this impressive store combines the ‘Extraordinary Shopping Experience’ concept with design elements inspired by the New York shopping scene and a warm ambiance of pink gold shades.

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Thailand’s New Refugee Screening System

Thailand is preparing to implement a new refugee screening system later this month. Although the country is not a signatory to the UN Refugee Convention, thousands of refugees and migrants currently live within its borders. The new National Screening Mechanism (NSM) aims to differentiate between those who might face danger if returned to their home countries and those living in Thailand illegally. However, refugees and rights activists express concerns that the system could be used unfairly and even expedite deportations for asylum seekers deemed ineligible.

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New Minister Abandons the Plan to Block Facebook Access in Thailand

Thailand’s new Digital Economy and Society Minister, Prasert Chanthararuangthong, announced that he will retract his predecessor’s threat to block Facebook access in the country due to its inability to control scam ads. Prasert acknowledges that scams are a significant problem but believes that blocking Facebook would negatively impact millions of businesses relying on the social network.

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Thailand’s Free Visa for Chinese Tourists: A Double-Edged Sword?

The newly proposed freevisa travel privilege for Chinese visitors in Thailand, championed by Prime Minister Srettha Thavisin, is set to launch on October 1st. The primary goal of this policy is to attract more Chinese tourists, who previously made up the majority of tourist arrivals in the country. However, despite the easing of Covid19 restrictions, the expected rebound in Chinese visitors has not been as strong as anticipated.

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Illegal Artefact Trading: A Growing Concern in Thailand

In a recent crackdown on illegal antiquities trading, Thai authorities arrested three men who were found digging up and selling historical artefacts online. Following police raids in Chiang Mai, Phayao, Sukhothai, and Lamphang provinces, a total of 970 artefacts were seized, along with 11 metal scanners, and various digging tools. Additionally, four bank accounts belonging to the suspects were frozen.

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