Thai-Burmese Relations: Mutual Necessity Trumps Historical Animosity – The Irrawaddy, December 28, 2011
[This is true. Myanmar should represent a key future center for business expansion and raw resources for Thailand. However, more often than not, Thailand has stood by passively as China and India vie for commercial influence.]
…Thaksin is more astute than his Burmese counterparts at gauging a country’s future economic prospects and identifying lucrative business opportunities. He realizes that Burma is both a largely untapped market as well as a strategic source of natural resources, and knows that he needs a strong foothold in the country before sanctions are lifted and Western competitors race into the economic fray.
In this respect, Thaksin is way ahead of the game…