Oxford Political Review: China-Thailand Relations
29 September 2021
Thailand and China have a historically embedded and extended relationship. With a population comparable to the United Kingdom and one of the most rapidly growing economies in Asia, Thailand is a country to watch for its political transformations and evolution over the years. Its relationship with China will shed significant light on the modus operandi and nature of interactions between China and its neighbours in Southeast Asia. This panel features a range of speakers from China (Mainland and HKSAR) and Thailand, on this highly pertinent issue in Asian geopolitics.
Dr. Bhokin Bhalakula
Dr. Bhokin is the President of Thai- Chinese Culture and Economy Association, the Chairman of the Board for Pridi Banomyong International College, and Vice Chairman for Pridi Banomyong Foundation.
He served as the Deputy Prime Minister from 2003 to 2004 of Thailand. After his tenure, he was subsequently appointed as the President of the House Representatives and President of the Parliament.
The Honourable Bernard Charnwut Chan
Bernard Charnwut Chan is a deputy to the National People’s Congress of China, a non-official member of Hong Kong’s Executive Council (2004-09 and from 2012) and (from 2017) the Convenor of the Non-Official Members of the Executive Council. He is also a former member of Hong Kong’s Legislative Council (1998-2008).
A graduate of Pomona College in California, he is the President of Asia Financial Holdings and Chairman of Asia Insurance. He is Chairman of the Hong Kong – Thailand Business Council and an advisor to Bangkok Bank (China) Co. Ltd. He sits on the boards of several local and overseas companies in financial services and is a director of Bumrungrad Hospital Public Company in Thailand.
Among his public service activities, he is Chairperson of the Hong Kong Council of Social Service, Chairman of the Hong Kong Palace Museum Ltd, Chairman of Tai Kwun Culture & Arts Co. Ltd., Chairman of the Executive Committee of the Hong Kong Chronicles Institute and Vice Chairman of the Board of Governors of Our Hong Kong Foundation.
Joe heads Strategy613, a boutique advisory firm providing M&A and strategic advice on cross-border investments to blue-chip corporates; with a focus on Thailand and China. Sixty years ago, Joe’s mother Sirin Phathanothai was sent to Beijing as a child to be brought up by Premier Zhou Enlai.
Joe holds a Bachelor’s in Mathematics from Oxford and a Master’s in Pure Mathematics from Cambridge.
Tida is currently the Director of Policy Center of Thai Sang Thai Party in Thailand. She was a former national Member of Parliament candidate in 2019 elections. She was President Obama’s professional fellow, assisting Congressman Jim McDermott to formulate public policies. She has been appointed as the youngest working group member of the United Nations Human Rights Council for Thailand’s Universal Periodic Review.
Tida received a Master of Public Policy from University of Oxford under Chevening scholarship and Oxford Thai Foundation scholarship. She is studying Master of Public Administration at Tsinghua University under Tonoto Foundation and China Peace and Development Foundation.