To keep pace with the changing international environment, Thai foreign policy has undergone at least three basic tenets, which have had long-lasting effects. First, Thailand has sought an omni-directional policy by seeking diplomatic, commercial, and cultural relations with all nations, regardless of their political ideology and economic system. Notably, in 1975 Bangkok and Beijing began full diplomatic recognition and exchanged ambassadors. Full diplomatic relations were also established with Cambodia that year, while relations with Vietnam were normalized in 1976.


Second, regionalism has come to play a more significant role in Thai foreign policy. With the 1967 Bangkok Declaration, the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) was born out of the political will of the majority of nations in Southeast Asia. ASEAN's objectives are to promote peace while accelerating economic growth, social progress, and cultural development in the region through joint endeavors in a spirit of equality and partnership. Since 1976, Thailand has expanded its joint activities with the Association to conquer new horizons, encompassing the fields of trade, tourism, industry, energy, science and technology, finance and banking, transportation, cultural and social development.




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