is a region in transition. Since the beginning of the 21st century, thi
s region has come across political struggle between new capitalistic groups and old b
ureaucratic factions, as well as political turmoil as a result of the huge gap between the rich and poor.
Indonesia is also going to hold a presidential election in April. These upcoming electi
ons have sent a clear signal that Southeast Asian countries long for political stability and development.
The Thai election can give confidence to other countries in the region. After all, with very few exc
eptions, the junta can return power to the people through elections.
As for China-Thailand relations, historically, no matter which
government came to power after several coups, the direction of bilateral ties has never chang
ed. The cooperation between China and Thailand has become the common aspiration of the two peoples and is in their mutual interest.
she would not keep quiet in exchange for various conditions and the Western media is backing her stand. The Swedish Mi
nistry of Foreign Affairs said it already launched an internal investigation into Lindstedt, who had been appointed for an
other position in the Swedish government in March. Lindstedt has now been recalled to her country.
Is Angela Gui telling the truth? The Chinese Embassy in Sweden has responded that China has never and will never authorize
anyone to be in contact with her. China handled Gui’s case in accordance with the law and legal p
rocedures. People need to be aware of Angela’s unique position as Gui Minhai’s daughter; and, considering her lack of ex
perience in distinguishing complex issues, it is necessary for people to be cautious about her story.
However, the role of Ambassador Lindstedt is also part of this. If she did arrange a meeting between Angela Gui a
nd the Chinese businessmen not authorized by Beijing, then we can make the following analysis.
First, there are domestic groups in Sweden that hope the relationship between Sweden and China will not be a
ffected by Gui’s incident in the long term. They are willing to facilitate public discussions between Stockholm and B
eijing on this matter. Ambassador Lindstedt herself is a representative of such groups.