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Sea change awaits Trump in Thailand

US ally Thailand, which has steadily improved its ties with China, may not be eager to help the US out with regional crises such as that in the South China Sea.

Thailand hardly factored in the US regional strategy under Obama, and China has moved in. Mr Trump will find he cannot afford to keep Thailand off his radar.


A month after his inauguration, US President Donald Trump has not publicly mentioned Thailand. Yet in a looming foreign-policy crisis over the South China Sea, the seeds of which he partly inherited and has partly sowed, the kingdom is poised to play an outsized and oppositional...

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