Sivarin Lertpusit

Visiting Fellow, Regional Social and Cultural Studies Programme, ISEAS – Yusof Ishak Institute

Dr Sivarin Lertpusit is Visiting Fellow at the Regional Social and Cultural Studies Programme, ISEAS – Yusof Ishak Institute. She is also Assistant Professor at the College of Interdisciplinary Studies, Thammasat University.

Tourists from mainland China dressed in traditional Thai costumes visit Wat Arun temple ahead of the Chinese Lunar New Year as China reopens the border in Bangkok, Thailand, 18 January 2023. (Chalinee Thirasupa/Reuters)

Chinese investment into Thai private universities: The need to keep standards up

Along with the rise in Chinese students in Thailand, there have been discussions regarding the takeover of private universities by Chinese investors since 2019. The authorities need to put measures in place to ensure that standards are maintained.
A screen grab from a video featuring an aerial view of the China-Thailand railway, October 2022. (Internet)

Long-delayed Thailand-China high-speed train: A political game on two tracks

The beleaguered construction and murky progress of the proposed Bangkok-Nong Khai high-speed railway are emblematic of deeper problems underlying Thailand’s and China’s infrastructural ambitions.