Thailand’s generals outwit ‘team US’ – nikkei.com, November 5, 2014
…”It is not economically rational to build that rail link,” an executive at a major Japanese distribution company said. But the link is about more than just moving goods for China. It gives access to the ocean if an emergency arises in the South China Sea, where China has multiple territorial disputes.
Still, many thought a high-speed railway that does not go through Bangkok would not bring much benefit to Thailand. The military junta thus dramatically changed the project’s blueprint in a Oct. 21 cabinet meeting. Under the new plan, the railway will run through Bangkok. By changing the plan, the junta is trying to show its independence from Beijing…
Also: Kristie Kenney departure leaves Thailand without a US Ambassador – asiancorrespondent.com, November 10, 2014