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By Erich Parpart

 

The opening of the Kunming-Vientiane high speed rail network could bring opportunity to Thailand’s North East but government negotiators must be wary of pitfalls and problems should they expose the region to China’s Belt and Road Initiative.

 

Thailand should be especially vigilant of China’s non-tariff barriers that could impair Thailand’s ability to export through the rail line.

 

Opportunity abound but caution necessary

 

Pavida Pananond, an Associate Professor of International Business at Thammasat University, said that the recently opened Kunming-Vientiane railway could provide many development opportunities for Thailand’s northeast and become a gateway for the country to join this regional rail network.

 

Full story: https://www.thaienquirer.com/36703/chinese-high-speed-trains-bring-destruction-for-thai-farmers/

 

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36 minutes ago, RandiRona said:

Yes but since Thai may not able to relate it to them, I gave them examples closer to them but as you and I know that Thai politicians arent known to have a spine and lack strategic vision. Phillipine just bought Brahmos missile from India to deter CCP from their nefarious intention in South China sea and what Thailand is doing is purchasing submarines from China??

Relax. This is topic is about economic competition and opportunities from the HS train. Not war and peace. 

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I’d like to think China is harmless, and can lend a helping hand to lesser nations—but I know better.  Just hope lesser nations also know better.

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Prices drop, minor really, compared to the impact the horde will have.  Those coming on planes were bad enough, the numbers on trains will dwarf that.  Once their masters allow them to travel of course.

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11 hours ago, webfact said:

non-tariff barriers

Thailand wants to tax everyone imports while getting a free ride.

 

Import taxes are very high here making even the most meager imported goods out of the reach of the common consumers.

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4 hours ago, Isaan sailor said:

I’d like to think China is harmless, and can lend a helping hand to lesser nations—but I know better.  Just hope lesser nations also know better.

Likely the bribery by officials to get rich and put the needs of the country after that. This is a worldwide problem.

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The only country that seems to have dealt with this monster successfully is India. It's time other Asian countries team up with India to counter the growing threat of China in the region

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1 hour ago, MrJ2U said:

Thailand wants to tax everyone imports while getting a free ride.

 

Import taxes are very high here making even the most meager imported goods out of the reach of the common consumers.

Can you disclose what did you import and how much import tax did you pay?

If it was from Asian country there are special forms that allow you import with zero tax or almost zero.. 

Even if from non-Asian country, there are commodities with also very low tax, e.g. , some raw material.  

BTW, do you know an import-tax-free country?

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6 minutes ago, SunnyWorld said:

The only country that seems to have dealt with this monster successfully is India. It's time other Asian countries team up with India to counter the growing threat of China in the region

Do you mean the ACFTA (ASEAN-China Free Trade Area)? How does it counter the China threat?

And what about AIFTA (ASEAN-India Free Trade area)?

 

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17 minutes ago, SunnyWorld said:

The only country that seems to have dealt with this monster successfully is India. It's time other Asian countries team up with India to counter the growing threat of China in the region

And how it handled China?

 

https://www.hindustantimes.com/india-news/sinoindia-trade-at-record-125-billion-amid-border-tension-deficit-widens-101642180809440.html

 

Record mutual trade and record trade deficit.

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Chinese tomatoes at 20 baht a kilo - bring them in! Last time I was in Makro Samui the tomatoes were between 70 and 140 bahts a kilo.  The Chinese tomatoes are probably as crappy as the Thai tomatoes, but at least are way cheaper.

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