In the past week, Thai authorities have arrested three people on charges of disseminating false data. The arrests have sparked complaints of a witch hunt.
But questions over a US role in any economic grouping and rivalry between China and Japan may thwart a rapid rollout of either plan.
Last weekend 6,000 protestors demonstrated on the third anniversary of the military coup. US concern about democracy is reflected in USAID's return to boost the nation's once-vibrant civil society.
Antigovernment activists plan to defy a tough security law to rally Saturday on the third anniversary of a military coup.
Webmasters face criminal charges for comments posted on their websites deemed offensive to the royal family.
Attack on Sondhi Limthongkul could further weaken the economy and strengthen hard-liners
The prime minister Friday extended the state of emergency he declared last week after rival protesters descended on the capital.