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Thailand, US ready to expand military cooperation

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Thailand, US ready to expand military cooperation

 

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BANGKOK, 11 June 2019 (NNT) - The Commander of the United States Special Operations Command (SOCOM), Gen. Richard D. Clarke, said the US looks forward to expand military cooperation with the country to fight terrorism and support the International Military Education and Training (IMET) programme.

 

The Deputy Prime Minister and Defense Minister, Gen. Prawit Wongsuwan, welcomed Gen. Richard and his entourage, marking the first visit of a SOCOM general to Thailand in 20 years. The purpose of this visit is to expand military cooperation between the two countries while promoting the IMET programme.

 

The Thai and US military cooperation has established for more than 60 years. The US is ready to share its extensive experience and knowledge in anti-terrorism with Thailand.

 

Gen. Prawit expressed his gratitude and said the Thai military is ready to expand its cooperation with the US, with hopes that the cooperation, including the IMET programme, will continue to grow.

 

The Deputy Prime Minister said he would like to thank the US for supporting Thailand as the ASEAN Chair and hopes that both countries will work closer with one another, especially in the maritime security of the ASEAN.

 

 

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40 minutes ago, Father Fintan Stack said:

Thailand has a civil conflict in the four Southern provinces that has been raging for 11/12 years now claiming over 7,000 lives.

 

Plenty of terrorist incidents there but the Thai government won't acknowledge it as a civil war or terrorist incidents. 

 

Nor will they acknowledge their own failures, human rights abuses etc.

 I have been South of Thailand, its not a Civil war, Its a group of people who do not want to be Thai or Malaysian. Both Governments  aggravate the problem by supporting them by proxy. I dont agree in killing anyone, Both Governments are to blame, The UN got involved quite a while ago, they should intervene again.,

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1 hour ago, Father Fintan Stack said:

Thailand has a civil conflict in the four Southern provinces that has been raging for 11/12 years now claiming over 7,000 lives.

 

Plenty of terrorist incidents there but the Thai government won't acknowledge it as a civil war or terrorist incidents. 

 

Nor will they acknowledge their own failures, human rights abuses etc.

I actually personally remember this conflict over 26 - 27 years ago as they were shooting at trains. And as I understand it has been going on longer than that, but back then and now the abusers paths have changed.

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2 hours ago, webfact said:

The Commander of the United States Special Operations Command (SOCOM), Gen. Richard D. Clarke, said the US looks forward to expand military cooperation with the country to fight terrorism and support the International Military Education and Training (IMET) programme.

General Clarke should have some stern words with whoever scheduled this meeting as he met with someone who has literally days to go in this role and whilst we are not sure who will replace Prawit as DPM and/or defence minister there will be a new body in the role shortly.

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I would have kicked Napoleon's sidekick to the curb myself, or maybe spit in his face, at least until a duly elected government was established.

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4 hours ago, Father Fintan Stack said:

Thailand has a civil conflict in the four Southern provinces that has been raging for 11/12 years now claiming over 7,000 lives.

 

Plenty of terrorist incidents there but the Thai government won't acknowledge it as a civil war or terrorist incidents. 

 

Nor will they acknowledge their own failures, human rights abuses etc.

My point being, you ask for and get US help, things will get worse. 

 

That is all they can do, show their might, piss more people off, create more problems, and then "solve" them with more military might. 

 

Who do terrorists like to target? Best is to get advice from a country like Norway who dies not have a problem. Learning from the US about terrorism would be like asking Michael Phelps to teach you how to golf. 

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3 hours ago, dcnx said:

That’s gonna go over well with China, Thailand’s new schmooze budddy.

'Huawei, agencies ready to turn Thailand’s 5G Testbed into reality.'

From another thread. 

Can't see USA being too keen on military co-operation without a lot of guarantees.

And China maybe thinking why do we help you and you make friends with USA?

....same old story

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4 hours ago, dcnx said:

That’s gonna go over well with China, Thailand’s new schmooze budddy.

and to prevent China's monopoly in Thailand the US came to offer service...now let's wait for China comments but I expect them to be similar to the ones they said after Trump commented on HK extradition marche

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