Time Magazine's article titled, "Thailand’s Leader Promised to Restore Democracy. Instead He's Tightening His Grip," reflects Wall Street and Washington's growing displeasure with the current Thai government and its seemingly successful efforts to pivot the nation away from US-backed proxies including the ousted regime of Thaksin Shinawatra and his Pheu Thai political party (PTP), and toward a more multipolar footing in Asia and internationally.
This includes stronger ties with not only Thailand's other Southeast Asia neighbours, but also with China and even Russia.
China is now Thailand's largest trading partner, unseating the US.
Thailand is also systematically replacing its ageing US military hardware with Chinese, Russian and European systems including Chinese tanks and submarines, Russian helicopters and European fighter jets.
There are also large infrastructure deals signed between Bangkok and Beijing extending China's One Belt, One Road initiative through Thailand.
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I think Thailand is merely looking out for its own best interests.
Dear USA - You are losing the trade battle. Demonizing the winners will not accomplish anything useful. It may, however, drive even more nations into China's welcoming arms.