E.Koldunova. Forging a linguistic link

At first glance one might think that Thai-language studies in Russia is a very niche and perhaps even exotic pursuit.

Overall, every four to fi ve years Russian universities award some 20 bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Thai, whereas the number of Thai students coming to Russia to study the Russian language and get a degree at Russian universities is scores of times as many.

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V.Sumsky. Russia-ASEAN: cooperation is on the rise

Russia is boosting economic cooperation with Asian countries, and this fact acquires special importance in the current conditions where Western countries are threatening Moscow with sanctions. Cooperation with the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) plays a special part in this sphere.

A Russian business mission organized at the initiative of the Economic Development Ministry that included representatives of more than 30 companies - energy, construction and installation, pharmaceutical, transport and companies specializing in the development of high technology products, has recently returned from three ASEAN countries - Indonesia, Malaysia and Singapore.

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E.Koldunova. Thailand: Pandora’s Box

Thailand is no stranger to protests. There is nothing new in the looming schism in the country that is dividing supporters and opponents of the Pheu Thai Party, a third reincarnation of the political entity that supports Thai ex-Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra’s henchmen. Thaksin Shinawatra was ousted from power through a coup in 2006 and had to flee the country. These events triggered a whole series of internal political crises in Thailand, each of which helped to contribute further to the deepening schism. An attempt in 2013 by the government to have the parliament adopt a law granting amnesty, which would have given Shinawatra a chance of a comeback, put into question the very future of the country’s political system.

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E.Koldunova. MH370 Challenge for Asia-Pacific Security

Two weeks search for the missing Malaysia Airlines plane was an example of both impressive regional cooperation and discouraging limits of such cooperation in the Asia-Pacific region.

On the one hand it is the largest search operation in the history. On March 20 Malaysian authorities mentioned 29 planes and 6 helicopters, 18 ships, and 21 satellites, involved in the search. During previous days the operations facilities amounted to more than 50 planes and 40 ships of 26 countries. China alone used the data from about 20 satellites. The total area of the operation had reached 7.7 million square kilometers. The search for the missing plane has become a top priority for many countries, including China and the United States.

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E.Koldunova: Paving the road to a brighter future

Despite being so far away from each other geographically, Russia and Thailand have much in common that can be used to build on.

There is a unique tradition of bilateral relations between Russia and Siam established way back in the late 19th century as well as the historical memory of friendly relations between King Rama V and Tsar Nicholas II and numerous personal contacts between the people of the two countries, which today make up the fabric of Russian-Thai cooperation.

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