Recalibrating Thai-U.S. Relations - The Asia Foundation
There is a broad consensus that U.S.-Thai relations need to find a new footing. The U.S. government's recent adoption of the Free and Open. China's increasing détente with the #Philippines means time is rapidly running out for the US to firm up its relationship with the Philippines with. image, along with U.S.-Thai relations, has been complicated by deep Asia, along with Japan, South Korea, Australia, the Philippines, and.
It was in his capacity as a lawyer, a jurist, an advocate, and a policy counselor that the American adviser contributed significantly to the successful conclusion of the treaty negotiations with the West. The principal bilateral arrangement is the Treaty of Amity and Economic Relationswhich facilitates U. Other important agreements address civil uses of atomic energy, sales of agricultural commodities, investment guarantees, and military and economic assistance.
The Future of Thai-U.S. Relations - The Asia Foundation
Proposed FTA —present [ edit ] Main article: United States—Thailand Free Trade Agreement In June the United States and Thailand initiated negotiations on a free trade agreement which, when concluded, will reduce and eliminate barriers to trade and investment between the two countries.
These negotiations were placed on hold following the dissolution of the Thai parliament in February and the subsequent coup in September.
The new military government issued compulsory licenses for several anti-HIV drugs, effectively ending the FTA negotiations. US Secretary of State John Kerry issued a statement condemning the coup, saying that he was "disappointed" by the army's decision and "this act will have negative implications for the U.
Article IV 1 of this treaty provides that, in the event of armed attack in the treaty area which includes Thailandeach member would "act to meet the common danger in accordance with its constitutional processes.
Thailand has received U.
Over recent decades, U. A whole generation of Americans, from soldiers to scholars, worked with Thai counterparts during those times. My father, a U. Air Force captain stationed in Udon Thani inis among them.
But this special history appears to be fading with the passage of time.
But today, Thailand has many more options for defense cooperation and procurement, and while joint exercises like the annual Cobra Gold are still going strong, a recent survey of Thai military officers has found a growing sense of distance. Panelists at the Foundation-hosted bilateral dialogue between delegations of Thai and U.
There is a broad consensus that U. Growing geopolitical competition is shifting U. Recent congressional legislation, such as the proposed Asia Reassurance Initiative Act, indicates a strong interest in shoring up old alliances.
From the Thai perspective, a strong U. While the strategic context is conducive to stronger relations, there is an urgent need to inject new life into some key areas of cooperation. For the past year, The Asia Foundation has led a program to identify the areas most crucial to U.
Thailand–United States relations
We have worked with many of the leaders on both sides—diplomats, politicians, military officers, scholars, and business leaders—who shaped the relationship over previous decades, to have them share their insights and ideas.
The program began with a study on current relations, based on 50 interviews with Thai and U. Then, in July, we organized a bilateral dialogue between delegations of Thai and U.
The enthusiasm for this initiative has been apparent from the beginning. Many of the Thai leaders who were interviewed or joined the dialogue have a strong personal connection to the United States. Several have studied in the U.
Many expressed their opinion that this study was long overdue, and that similar analysis should be conducted more regularly to help Thai-U. These American friends of Thailand have generally been concerned about the growing political distance and have many ideas for building on the lessons of these challenging recent years. Not all of our interviewees were so enthusiastic. Some questioned the timing of the program, arguing that we should wait until after an election in Thailand.
We heard a play-by-play account of lines crossed and perceived U. Our final report on the study and the outcomes of the bilateral dialogue is available here. These are some of the most valuable findings: Thailand welcomes renewed U. During the dialogue, most U.
Economic linkages have dramatically raised the stakes in relations with China, which is now the leading trade partner of every ASEAN country.