‘Let’s learn from Malaysia’s Mahathir Mohamad’: is Thailand about to ditch China for the US?

“It’s time for a rebalance”, “we’re too close to China”, “let’s learn from Malaysia’s Mahathir Mohamad”.Those were some of the views on the future of Sino-Thai ties coming from pro-democracy Thai politicians and foreign policy watchers ahead of next week’s election – the country’s first since the May 2014 coup.Analysts in Beijing were more optimistic, expecting the domestic political status quo to remain and bilateral ties to stay on an even keel.As young Thais look to the future, does Thaksin…