Thailand boosts military ties with China amid U.S. spat

February 6, 2015 7:39 AM

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Thailand boosts military ties with China amid U.S. spat

BANGKOK (Reuters) - China and Thailand agreed on Friday to boost military ties over the next five years, from increasing intelligence sharing to fighting transnational crime, as the ruling junta seeks to counterbalance the country's alliance with Washington.

The agreement came during a two-day visit by China's Defence Minister Chang Wanquan to Bangkok, and as Thailand's military government looks to cultivate Beijing's support amid Western unease over a delayed return to democracy.

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