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22 Dec 2013 : The first really good news concerning diplomatic relations in East Asia in some time came out on Friday with the announcement that Japan's foreign minister and the Chinese envoy had met and had what was termed a "friendly" discussion. There were no details of the topics discussed but Japanese Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida said afterwards that he and the Chinese ambassador, Cheng Yonghua, had "meaningful exchanges" based on their "mutually beneficial relationship". It may be a small thing, but anything to get the ball rolling toward greater diplomacy and peaceful negotiations between the two Asian powers is highly welcome, and hopefully a meeting between their leaders, Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Chinese President Xi Jinping, will also soon be in the offing.
22 Dec 2013 : In his letter to PostBag on Thursday (''Pheu Thai must win trust''), Burin Kantabutra asks readers how Pheu Thai can earn the trust of anti-government protesters prior to the election.
12 Dec 2013 : A people's council is not a good idea. Who appoints them? To continue with the existing government also does not sound like a good idea. They lied and bullied and will continue to do so.
12 Dec 2013 : It remains unclear how the political crisis will eventually pan out.
12 Dec 2013 : 'What's next?" appears to be a major question for those following our political situation. Suthep Thaugsuban, affectionately called kamnan by some, has made advances in his political battle against the Yingluck Shinawatra government _ a move dubbed by Mr Suthep and later some academics as the "people's revolution" _ which so far still remains a relatively bloodless one.
12 Dec 2013 : 'I came from election."
11 Dec 2013 : It is time for the nation to draw a collective deep breath, and stop for a moment to consider where we all stand. For more than a month, people across the country have stated and shown their political opinions. Monday's climactic rally, centred in Bangkok but echoed in many places, showed decisively the desire and the need for change. Clearly, the message was aimed across the board. The public, quite rightly, is tired of politics.
11 Dec 2013 : Now the prime minister has called new elections to allow the people to express their will, the most important thing is that they are presented with a real choice. The Democrat Party has to be persuaded to take part if we are to achieve this.
11 Dec 2013 : By most measures, solar energy should be a resounding success. Technical breakthroughs and continuous improvements in efficiency have driven the price of solar panels from US$100 (3,200 baht) per watt in the 1970s to less than $1 per watt today.
11 Dec 2013 : In countless interviews, policymakers reinforced the answer: "Everybody is doing it" as the main justification for the quality assessment (QA) policy in the higher education sector.
11 Dec 2013 : One of my best friends works in an office building next to Lumpini Park, where a hard-core anti-Thaksin Shinawatra group staged a protest for several months with little public support.
11 Dec 2013 : United States democracy was not created in a day, fully thought out and cut of whole cloth. It was a work in progress, full of trials and plenty of errors, in which strands of experience and theory were taken up and interwoven into a new and novel form of social compact, a tapestry of ideas that resulted in a remarkable written document, the world's most durable constitution.