China-Thailand Military Ties in the Headlines With New Shipbuilding Pact

China-Thailand Military Ties in the Headlines With New Shipbuilding Pact

Last week, China and Thailand signed a new shipbuilding pact. The agreement put the focus on ongoing efforts by the two countries to further boost the defense aspect of their wider bilateral relationship despite the issues they continue to face in doing so. As I have observed previously in these pages, while China-Thailand defense cooperation is not new, it noticeably deepened following the coup in Thailand in May 2014 that…