Arab Times

China, Thai to hold 1st joint drill:

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The Chinese and Thai air forces will this month hold their first joint exercises, China’s Defence Ministry said on Wednesday, in another sign of army-led Thailand’s increased engagement with Beijing.

The “Falcon Strike 2015” drills will take place at the Korat Royal Thai Air Force Base from Nov 12-30, China’s Defence Ministry said in a short statement.

“The aim of this joint exercise is to increase mutual learning and understand­ing between the two countries’ air forces, deepen Sino-Thai practical cooperatio­n and increase mutual trust and friendship,” it said, without elaboratin­g.

An army-led coup toppled Thailand’s elected government in May last year, after months of sometimes violent street protests. The coup was widely condemned by Western nations, which downgraded diplomatic ties, but the military rulers claimed to have support from China following the move.

Since then, Thailand, a traditiona­l ally of the United States, has sought to improve ties with neighbours. (RTRS)

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