Asian Review


Theera Nuchpiam

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Vietnam is a rising star, attracting growing attention from the international community. Having registered steady economic growth rates during the past decade, it now assumes increasing regional and international roles. Even before Vietnam became a WTO member in January 2007, it had become a favorite site for foreign investment and launched into export-led development. Thailand is now taking great interest in Vietnam. This preliminary study of Thai stakeholders' perceptions of Vietnam indicates that, while there is some concern over competition from this rising neighboring country in trade, investment, and even in cultural activities such as sports, the Thai generally have a highly positive attitude. Despite the history of antagonism in the past, the relationship today is perceived as mature, trouble-free, and cordial. This naturally bodes well for the future of Thai-Vietnamese relations.



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