Asia Briefs: Thai king makes rare public appearance

Thai king makes rare public appearance

BANGKOK • Thailand's revered King Bhumibol Adulyadej made a rare public appearance yesterday, after failing to show up for nationwide celebrations marking his birthday earlier this month. Local television showed footage of the monarch, who turned 88 on Dec 5, swearing in dozens of judges at a reception room in a Bangkok hospital where he has been convalescing.


HK a 'super-connector' for China and S-E Asia?

HONG KONG • Hong Kong can be a "super-connector" between the Chinese mainland and South-east Asian countries in their development, said Chief Executive Leung Chun Ying.

He said at the 2nd Asean Development Forum yesterday that Hong Kong is part of China yet has its own system and presence in international organisations, and these advantages will enable it to play the role of a "super-connector" between the mainland and Asean, Xinhua news agency reported.

2nd man held over fake infographic: Thai junta

BANGKOK • Thailand's junta said a second man had been arrested on Sunday for sharing an infographic on Facebook about a growing corruption scandal over a public park that has shaken the kingdom's military rulers. "He posted a false infographic on social media," Colonel Winthai Suvaree told AFP yesterday.

The 25-year-old, identified by Thai media as Thanet Anantawong, had shared the infographic about Rajabhakti Park.


A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on December 15, 2015, with the headline 'Asia Briefs'. Print Edition | Subscribe