About the Speaker
Dr Paul Chambers, Lecturer and Special Advisor, International Relations, Center of ASEAN Community Studies, Faculty of Social Sciences, Naresuan University, Phitsanulok, Thailand; Research Fellow, Peace Research Institute Frankfurt (PRIF), Germany; Senior Research Fellow; German-Southeast Asian Centre for Public Policy and Good Governance; Senior Research Fellow, Cambodian Institute for Cooperation and Peace (CICP), Phnom Penh, Cambodia; and Executive Editor, "Asian Affairs: an American Review"
About the Webinar
Since at least 2014, Thailand has increasingly tilted towards China, militarily re-balancing away from the United States towards more of a finessed omni-directional foreign policy. While some would argue that Thailand is simply readjusting to the changing power equilibrium, others claim Bangkok is trying to become a strategic balancer so that it can accrue the most benefits for itself. In this webinar the speaker will examine Thailand’s defence diplomacy with China in terms of weapons sourcing, joint military exercises and military officer education. What has been the reason for Bangkok’s bending towards Beijing? To what extent does this represent a permanent shift in foreign policy? What military hardware has Thailand agreed to purchase from China and are such purchases sustainable? How has the United States sought to offset Thailand’s tilt towards China? What is the likely future of Thai-Chinese defence relations? This webinar will address these questions.