It is sad to witness the unrest on the streets of this city but even sadder to see how Thailand’s ‘fraternal’ ASEAN partners are trying to exploit its troubles. Consider Vietnam. Its ruling Communist Party is openly using the political crisis in democratic Thailand to shore up ebbing support for its own authoritarian one-party regime.
Journalists in Hanoi confirm that the government-controlled press has been instructed to give prominent coverage to the protests in Thailand and paint a clear contrast between the unrest there and the stability at home.
As well, the media have been told to play up the notion that foreign businesses will be more inclined to invest in Vietnam than in turbulent Thailand.… Seguir leyendo »