Additional Strategy for Thailand’s Foreign Policy to Counterbalance Influences of The U.S. and China

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Ektewan Manowong

Abstract

In this new era of U.S.-China competition, Thailand needs to establish a more nuanced or nimble


foreign policy for an effective hedging strategy that can protect and advance its interests as well as


avoid being dictated to by the U.S. and China. Through documentary research, this article investigates


how the existing engagement with other major powers helps Thailand to counterbalance the influence


of China and the U.S., and also explores if there would be future potential for developing more


effective policy through greater engagement with other major powers, middle powers, and multilateral


mechanisms. This study finds that the future regional competitions among the major powers will likely


intensify and Thailand will retain its geopolitical importance so that Thailand needs to diversify its


foreign relations by strengthening relations with other major and middle powers, while also deepening


its engagement with multilateral institutions, with first priority placed on greater economic engagement


and second priority on greater security cooperation.

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