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China and Thailand to expand military ties amid ‘security challenges’

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China and Thailand to expand military ties amid Asia-Pacific ‘security challenges’

Defence Minister Li Shangfu tells the Royal Thai Army’s commander-in-chief that Beijing is ready for more cooperationThe two militaries are planning more joint drills this yearChina’s militaryCyril IpPublished: 9:00pm, 10 Jun, 2023Why you can trust SCMP

China stands ready to expand military cooperation and maintain regional stability with Thailand, with a series of joint drills planned for this year. Chinese Defence Minister Li Shangfu offered the assurance to Narongphan Jitkaewtae, the Royal Thai Army’s commander-in-chief, in talks in Beijing on Saturday.

“China stands ready to work with Thailand to implement to the letter the important consensus reached by the leaders of both countries … and to push for more fruit of cooperation between the two militaries, especially between the two armies,” the defence ministry quoted Li as saying.

The meeting comes about seven months after Chinese President Xi Jinping and Thai Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-o-cha met on the sidelines of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation forum in Bangkok.

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