Thailand developing closer ties with the US | The ASEAN Post
The US supports the Royal Thai Armed Forces' leadership role in Southeast The meeting reinforced strong bilateral relations between both. The program began with a study on current relations, based on 50 interviews with Thai and U.S. leaders. Then, in July, we organized a bilateral. Thailand is an important trading partner and ally of the United States, dating back to the establishment of diplomatic ties in through the Treaty of Amity and.
Our final report on the study and the outcomes of the bilateral dialogue is available here. These are some of the most valuable findings: Thailand welcomes renewed U.
During the dialogue, most U. Economic linkages have dramatically raised the stakes in relations with China, which is now the leading trade partner of every ASEAN country.
Need for better ways to promote U. Thai leaders broadly accept the importance of U. But there was strong push-back from across the political spectrum against the way this has been done since The dialogue produced several suggestions for U.
Digital technology and social media are the most promising areas for future economic and security cooperation.
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This is challenging given that the U. In the digital technology sector, however, there are plenty of opportunities for new partnerships.
Thailand has enormous potential to accelerate growth and increase productivity through online applications and digital technology. In the past 18 months, more than 11 million Thais have become new internet users, mostly over smart phones, one of the fastest rates of mobile internet penetration in the world.
The dialogue produced a set of actionable recommendations on cybersecurity cooperation and the risks of constraining data flows. Need for a new generation of leaders to invest in the Thai-U. One striking finding was the dwindling number of scholars, military officers, diplomats, and students focused on Thai-U.
In Thailand, we could not find a major Thai university with a U. Several Thai leaders argued for the revitalization of the American Studies Association, which was once a leading actor in supporting scholars and officials interested in U. Likewise, finding a Thailand expert in Washington is becoming more difficult with each passing year, as many of the old guard from the Vietnam War era are long retired. The Mekong River as a shared strategic interest.
Many Thai leaders believe that the Mekong River should become a major area of shared strategic interest between Thailand and the United States. The stakes are high for Thailand and other lower-Mekong countries. Uncertainty over future water levels, concerns about blasting and dredging of the river bed, and the integrity of dams and other infrastructure are all major security and sovereignty concerns. While helpful, the U.
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The dialogue suggested several ways that U. In contrast, other major aid providers tend to invest in the key priorities of regional governments—particularly connectivity through regional infrastructure—and to support existing mechanisms rather than create new programs. Thai elections are critical for Thai-U. Partnership with Thailand The United States partnership with Thailand stretches beyond a bilateral relationship with an impact on the broader region.
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The partnership spans the areas of public health, trade, science and technology, wildlife trafficking, education, cultural exchange, law enforcement, and security cooperation. Thailand and the United States have longstanding cooperation in international law enforcement efforts. The United States and Thailand work closely together and with the United Nations on a broad range of programs to halt illicit trafficking and other criminal activity.
Thailand hosts the International Law Enforcement Academy-Bangkok, which supports criminal justice institution building and capacity in Asia and has provided training to s of students from all over Asia. Thailand has received U. As part of their mutual defense cooperation, Thailand and the United States have developed a joint military exercise program, which engages all the services of each nation and has averaged 40 joint exercises per year.
These programs include work on the responsible use of natural resources; control and prevention of infectious diseases and emerging pandemic threats; prevention of human and wildlife trafficking; resolution of political conflict and increased citizen participation in political processes; human rights promotion; and support for a more integrated Association of Southeast Asian Nations ASEAN community.
Peace Corps Volunteers, active in Thailand continuously sincefocus on primary education and youth development. Education Volunteers support English education through teacher collaboration, and community service.
SincePeace Corps Volunteers have also worked to promote life skills and leadership, reproductive health, and civic engagement and volunteering.
The two countries also have agreements addressing sales of agricultural commodities and investment guarantees and regularly conduct discussions under the Trade and Investment Framework Agreement to advance bilateral trade.