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Participants in a Buddhist merit-making ceremony in Bangkok display a portrait of King Maha Vajiralongkorn

Thailand searches for a new balance between monarchy and modernity

Thailand has a wealth of geographic, historical and economic advantages, and yet it lags in terms of political liberalization. It is more monarchy than democracy, an arrangement that worked to its advantage during the Cold War but is now holding it back. At issue is whether the country can find a new balance between the forces of tradition and modernity. If not, Thailand may become too weak to resist China’s expanding influence in the region.

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