Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra faces the media during a news conference at The Army Club in Bangkok, Dec. 10, 2013.
Meanwhile, some members of caretaker Cabinet are calling for police to serve arrest warrant on key protest leader, former deputy prime minister Suthep Taugsuban.
Government urged to honor its commitment as new member of the United Nations Human Rights Council.
Yingluck Shinawatra pleaded for understanding that she must remain as caretaker until elections on February 2, despite repeated demands by opposition for her to immediately depart.
In nationally televised address, Yingluck Shinawatra acknowledges widespread opposition to her government, emphasizing authorities do not want to see any further 'loss of life'.
U.S. Vice President Joe Biden has rejected China's new air defense zone in the East China Sea, saying it raises tensions in the region and the possibility of miscalculation.
Protest leaders have vowed to resume their fight Friday and not back down until the prime minister resigns.
Burma, which has undertaken democratic reforms, including an election, is preparing to chair Asean in 2014.
Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra and Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen enjoyed close ties after Yingluck was elected.
Despite regional escalation of tensions spurred by China’s new air defense zone, both leaders stress bilateral relations at Beijing talks.
After meeting Tuesday with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, Biden told reporters the announcement of the new zone "has raised regional tension and increased the risk of accidents and miscalculations."
U.S. Vice President Joe Biden is on a six-day visit to Asia at a time of increased tensions with China over a just-declared air defense zone.
Apparent truce, ahead of revered monarch's 86th birthday, has left protesters baffled as to who has won or lost.
Intensifying protests in Thailand's capital stopped Tuesday as police took down barricades and allowed protesters onto the grounds of Government House and other fortified compounds.
Opposition officials said Monday that corruption has meant the abuse of international aid.