China: Winners From Thailand’s Coup

While the recent military coup in Thailand has drawn much of the world’s attention to the military junta’s suppression of democracy and human rights, it also has far-reaching geopolitical implications for the whole of Southeast Asia. At the Shangri-La Dialogue security summit in Singapore two weeks ago, US Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel was uncharacteristically blunt when speaking about the situation in Thailand, calling on the junta to release detainees, end the censorship of the media and to “immediately hold general elections.” His comments came a day after coup leader General Prayuth Chan-ocha had laid out his roadmap for political reform, with elections “within 15 months.”

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