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Power shift from West to East requires visa reciprocity

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Much has been said of the ongoing global power shift from West to East, from North to South, from developed to developing countries, and so forth. 

A painting on the walls of the US embassy depicts the national flags of Thailand and the US and the Statue of Liberty. The US ‘pivot to Asia’ highlights the shift of global economic power from the West to Asia. But for politics on the ground where ordinary people are affected, the asymmetric nature of global power and wealth between the West and East persists in visa applications and approvals which need to be amended with a visa reciprocity system. PATIPAT JANTHONG

Generally, global power and wealth are seen as shifting from North America and Europe towards Asia, with its two giants, China and India, and the dynamic and resource-rice economies straddling the Asian landmass from South Korea and Japan to Southeast Asia all the way to the Persian Gulf.

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