Thaksin delivers speech contending Asian countries rely too much on Western models of development

Thaksin Shinawatra delivers speech calling on Asian countries to enhance economic integration with each other – Gulf News, December 15, 2013
…In his speech, Shinawatra said Asia was united in its vision for a vibrant and confident continent but that it had looked too much to the west.
“For many decades we have relied on the western model of development. Even in our regional interactions, we have always had an eye out for Europe,” he said.
It was unclear throughout Shinawatra’s 20-minute speech how Asia would come together except that it needs greater economic partnership. At times he spoke of the European Union and how at a cost of integration it had “produced a large degree of sameness and standardisation” leading to an “inability to compete, therefore reducing the economic interaction and diversification…”

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