Australia's Asian Neighbours by Elizabeth Onslow

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Trengganu, all became part of Siam. Most prominent of the Sukhothai King Mongkut (Rama IV) opened kings was Ramkamhaeng, crowned in up international trade and built roads 1279. He introduced Theravada and canals. Foreign advisers upgraded Buddhism and developed the writing civil administration and the army and King Chulalongkorn system that is the basis of Thai script. organised a police force. (Rama V) By the 14th century another kingdom, In 1897 his successor, King Ayutthaya, was on the rise.

Towns and replacement was Chart Thai Party leader holiday resorts were devastated. Major General Chatichai Choonhaven. Australia has a long-standing In a February 1991 coup government friendship with the Kingdom of leaders were arrested. The constitution Thailand. There is cooperation on a was replaced by a much-criticised new number of levels, notably in trade, version. Despite failing to win the investment, law enforcement, antiMarch 1992 elections, General Suchinda terrorism measures, education and Kraprayoon became Prime Minister.

Pressured by the Catholic Church, in 1859 Emperor Napoleon III ordered the A North Vietnamese guerrilla fighter is questioned by French Foreign Legion troops in 1954 Demands for self-government and independence were ignored by France. Thousands of protestors were sent to the Con Son Island penal settlement. On 10 February 1930 Vietnamese soldiers in the French colonial army mutinied. Ho Chi Minh, trained in the Soviet Union and China, started the Revolutionary Youth League of Vietnam in 1925. In the 1930s he led uprisings of poverty-stricken peasants in Annam.

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