Thursday, November 02, 2006

Thaksin in China

According to the BBC former Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra has flown to China in an attempt to meet up with the current Prime Minister Surayud Chulanont, who was attending a regional summit there. Both sides deny any such meeting took place.

The Nation reports that the Thai Embassy in China has been criticised for failing to report Thaksin's travelling to China. "Council of National Security Gen Sonthi Bunyaratglin criticised Thai Embassy in Beijing for failing to report that ousted prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra is in the Chinese capital. "I confirm that Khun Thaksin is now in China. I received a confirm reports from our sources so. I wonder why Thai Embassy in Beijing did not report to us about his travel to China"

I think the implication is that the Thai Embassy in China may be staffed by Thaksin loyalists. Given the recent removal of regional governors in some areas I expect the same approach to be taken to embassy staff who are perceived to be loyal to Thaksin Shinawatra

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