14 Feb '17, 9am

Japan and Thailand mull pact on weapons transfer: The Nation Columnist - The Straits Times

BANGKOK (THE NATION/ ASIA NEWS NETWORK) - Japan is currently drafting a legal framework with Thailand to allow the future transfer of its defence equipment and technology. If that happens soon, it would represent a significant milestone in their mutual defence cooperation since the end of World War II. Thailand collaborated with Japan during World War II, but turned around at the end of war and sided with the allied forces. Both countries are now part of the United States-dominated alliance. During the Vietnam conflict, the US maintained over 100,000 troops and hundreds of aircraft in Thailand as its forward bases to counter the threat of communism. After the end of the Cold War, Thailand's strategic value was not given serious attention by the Americans and the evaluation gradually eroded the once unshakeable US-Thai alliance. The trend has been a blessing in disguise as ...

Full article: http://www.straitstimes.com/asia/se-asia/japan-and-thaila...

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