Western regime change efforts have intensified ahead of upcoming elections in Thailand. Opposition groups attempting to take power and remove Thailand’s powerful, independent military from Thai politics have received extensive, well-documented funding and political support from Washington, London, Brussels, and Western corporate foundations, including the most notorious of all – George Soros’ Open Society Foundation (OSF).
One such front – Human Rights Watch (HRW) – has recently released a report condemning upcoming elections as undermining the “right to vote.”
To understand Soros-funded propaganda published by HRW, one must first understand why Thailand has been targeted for regime change in the first place.
The Southeast Asian Kingdom of Thailand serves as a pivotal regional hub economically and geopolitically. It has the second largest economy in ASEAN and remains the only Southeast Asian state to have avoided Western colonization.
While some analysts still cling to Cold War-era stereotypes regarding Thailand’s role in the US-led war against Vietnam, the country has since dramatically pivoted away from Washington.
Thailand’s military in particular has begun replacing its aging American weapons with Chinese, Russian, and European weapons. This includes everything from small arms to Russian Mi-17 transport helicopters, European warplanes, Chinese main battle tanks and armored personnel carriers (APCs), and even Chinese-built ships and submarines.
Thailand has also become a key partner in China’s One Belt, One Road (OBOR) initiative. High-speed rail lines are already under construction with proposals for the construction of more lines entering final negotiations.
While Thailand – by necessity – still maintains ties with the West, and Western allies like Japan – it is clear that it has balanced out these ties – with the momentum of Thai foreign policy tilting decisively in favor of Eurasia at Washington’s expense.
For all of these reasons and more, the US has been involved in long-term regime change efforts in Thailand, starting at least as early as 2001 with billionaire and former Carlyle Group adviser Thaksin Shinawatra’s ascent into political power.
By 2001 it was already clear that China’s rise regionally and globally was imminent and that the process of encircling and containing Beijing had become a priority for US foreign policy. Placing proxies like Thaksin Shinawatra into power in Thailand was aimed at creating a unified front of US client states along China’s peripheries.