Thailand approves purchase of Chinese tanks to replace old U.S. model
Tue Apr 4, 2017 | 5:13am EDT
The Thai cabinet on Tuesday approved the purchase of 10 Chinese tanks worth $58 million to replace an old U.S. model, a government spokesman said, the second of three planned purchases of 49 tanks from China.
Thailand ordered 28 tanks from China last year.
“These tanks will replace the M41 tanks, which are small and old,” Sansern Kaewkamnerd told reporters.
Thailand has used the U.S. M41 light tanks since World War II, said Defense Minister Prawit Wongsuwan.
Relations have been strengthening between China and the United States’ oldest ally in Southeast Asia, particularly since ties with the United States cooled after a 2014 coup.
In January, the cabinet also approved 13.5 billion baht ($380 million) to buy a submarine from China and is considElsewhere in Southeast Asia, Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has boasted of his new friendship with China as he has talked down the relationship with the United States, despite a longstanding territorial dispute with Beijing.
A U.S. Navy aid unit has also been told to leave Cambodia, the U.S. embassy said, in a new sign of the country loosening links with Washington as it strengthens ties with Beijing.
(Reporting by Pracha Hariraksapitak; Writing by Patpicha Tanakasempipat; Editing by Nick Macfie)
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I really don’t get the West hyping the cooling of relations by the USA since the coup of 2014! It’s more the other way round Thailand have already been training with the Chinese since 2009!
Thailand have been buying Chinese military gear since the 80s……..
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