Thailand, Japanese Pan-Asianism and the Greater East Asia Co-Prosperity Sphere

  • Nigel Brailey


Whatever one’s thoughts about it currently, as it struggles to renew its demo­cracy, Thailand has been most consistently prominent in modem times as a kind of arbiter of international affairs. In the 1960s, it was probably the most signi­ficant part of the South-East Asian ‘audience’ the United States was trying to impress through its opposition to communism in Vietnam.1 In the 1890s, it was already the object of Japanese pan-Asianist initiatives designed to halt the spread of Western empire in Asia. And between 1941 and 1945, its loyalty was being competed for by the United States and Japan as the one never-colonised state in South-East Asia, and therefore the nearest to being the true, authentic and repre­sentative voice of the region.2


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