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Turbulent Thailand

Thai Democrats open to coalition that moves 'in right direction'

Party chief Abhisit urges ASEAN to negotiate as bloc with China

Former Thai Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva speaks to the Nikkei Asian Review in Bangkok. (Photo by Kosaku Mimura)

BANGKOK -- With much-awaited general elections looming early next year, the leader of Thailand's Democrat Party said his party will consider forming a coalition only if it is with a party that has a vision to take the country forward.

Speaking to the Nikkei Asian Review, former Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva also stressed that members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations must negotiate as a bloc with China and multinational technology powerhouses to receive better deals.

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