China's Li Keqiang visits Bangkok with Thai junta craving allies

December 19, 2014 1:45 PM

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BANGKOK: Chinese premier Li Keqiang on Friday signed an agreement to help construct a railway through Thailand, as the kingdom's junta seeks diplomatic support after their coup was given short shrift by US and European allies.

The dual-track railway, part of a 1,400 kilometre (870 mile) vision of linking China's southwestern hub city of Kunming with Asia's second busiest port of Singapore, is the centrepiece of Li's one-night visit, a Thai government spokesman told AFP.

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