THE CONTROVERSIAL submarine deal has sparked public debate about the way the Defence Ministry spends tax money on military hardware and other national-security projects. Many question whether such projects should take priority over education, public healthcare or promoting the welfare of poor people.
China Daily Chinese tourists are opting for attractions off the beaten track - in addition to the big cities and hot destinations - when travelling to countries and regions related to the Beijing’s Belt and Road Initiative, a report by home-sharing service Airbnb shows.
THAILAND is opening the door to Lao enterprises seeking to diversify their funding sources with the government’s support for the dual listing of Lao companies on the stock exchanges of both countries, Deputy Prime Minister Somkid Jatusripitak said on a visit to Vientiane yesterday.
SOME 38 companies have picked up the bidding package for the Hua Hin-Prachuap Khiri Khan double-track railway project, while the State Railway of Thailand has extended the preparation period from 30 days to 45 days to allow them to more time to make detailed proposals and find partners.
SEVERAL THAI academics have expressed support for the government’s plan to allow foreigners to set up universities in special economic zones (SEZs) to address skill shortages, although they have urged certain criteria and conditions to ensure good quality and few negative impacts to Thai institutes.