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Asean Affairs Magazine September-October 2010
30 Cover StoryRoad to Reconciliation On May 19 Thai army vehicles crushed the barricades of the two-month-old red shirt protest in central Bangkok, bringing it to an end. The end
of the protest cemented the position of the 16 month-old government of Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva, as it moved to reconcile the conflicted
politics of the country. In this issue, AseanAffairs has an exclusive interview with the man charged with explaining the developments in
Thailand to the world, Foreign Minister Kasit Piromya. As the dust settles four months into the reconciliation roadmap, Rajiv Biswas analyses
Thailand’s remarkable economy that grew 9.1 percent during the second quarter, the period when the protest occurred.
22 Inside OutAsia’s Next Trillion Dollar GiantIndonesia is Asean’s largest economy, with substantial petroleum and mineral resources located amidst its more than 17,000 islands, Rajiv
Biswas, a professional economist with extensive experience in Asia-Pacific macroeconomic, trade and financial markets issues projects the
economic future for the country.
64 OpinionGreen Energy at What PriceAs the world pursues alternative energy, especially wind power, issues have arisen over the economic impact of alternative energy, since
it is subsidized by governments. Other issues have flared up over the location of wind turbines in scenic locations. Managing editor David
Swartzentruber puts these hotly debated issues in focus.
74 Beyond AseanChina’s Views on the Dispute in the South China Sea Chinese Ambassador to Thailand, Guan Mu, discusses the dispute between China and several Asean nations over territorial rights in this
heavily trafficked sea.
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