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Blinken in Thailand to shore up regional support, counter China push

Politics 13:01 10 Jul, 2022

Blinken will also meet with Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha

Blinken in Thailand to shore up regional support, counter China push

The United States and Thailand signed agreements on Sunday to deepen the countries' already strong ties as Washington steps up its efforts to counter China's expanding influence in Asia, Qazet.az reports.

U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken and Thai foreign minister Don Pramudwinai pledged to advance partnerships in climate change, law enforcement and security cooperation.

China's Wang has been engaged in intense diplomacy across Asia in recent weeks and met Prayuth on Tuesday.

"We are taking the partnership between us fully into the 21st century," Blinken said, adding that Thailand is an important ally "in a region that is shaping the trajectory of the century".