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Thai military delegation in China for talks on regional security, training exercises

Published on Jun 11, 2014 3:06 PM
 
Thai Army chief, General Prayuth Chan-ocha, speaking during a meeting with Thai ambassadors at the Royal Thai Army Headquarters in Bangkok on June 11, 2014. A delegation of Thai military commanders travelled to China on Wednesday for talks on regional security and joint training exercises amid Western unease over the Thai army's seizure of power in a coup last month. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

BANGKOK (REUTERS) - A delegation of Thai military commanders travelled to China on Wednesday for talks on regional security and joint training exercises amid Western unease over the Thai army's seizure of power in a coup last month.

General Surasak Kanjanarat, deputy permanent secretary for defence, said the meeting was aimed at mapping out "future plans of action" with the Chinese army, one of its oldest regional allies. He did not elaborate on the plans.

The bid by Thailand's military rulers to strengthen ties with China comes after Western powers, including old ally the United States, criticised the May 22 coup. The junta has said it has China's support.

"This meeting will be to talk about ties ... and future plans of action and exchange views on regional security," General Surasak, the head of the delegation, told reporters. "We will discuss in which areas we could increase military training. We will not talk about the situation in Thailand because it is not relevant."

 
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