Thailand's future is with the East, not the West

Thailand's future is with the East, not the West

The US and the EU keep on pressuring Thailand to return elections and democracy, and immediately.

There are two appropriate answers to this:

First, it is apparent that Thailand's pause in the democratic process is not good for these countries' business. They hate a situation in which they have no control over circumstances as far as business is concerned.

The second answer is in the form of a return question: How many countries in the world have the US and EU helped turn into successful democracies?

The answer: None.

For example, Singapore is not a democracy in the true sense of the word. Restrictive rules govern citizens' everyday lives and punishments still include caning. Saudi Arabia has never had an election. Democracy has not even begun there. So why are the US and the EU not pressuring these countries?

Thailand's response to this treatment should be to look for more cooperation from the East, such as from Japan, China and India.

We should start paying less attention to the West. After all, the global economic future lies in the East - not the West.

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