With arms and invites, US lightens up on Thailand

A surge in American weapons sales to Bangkok's coup-installed military regime signals a pivot in policy under Trump away from Obama's emphasis on rights and democracy

Bangkok, July 14, 2017 3:49 PM (UTC+8)
US Marine Lt. General David Berger (R) and Chief of the Royal Thai armed forces General Surapong Suwana-Adth (C) pose for a photograph at the end of a live fire military display in Nakhon Ratchasima in northeastern Thailand on February 24, 2017, the last day of the 10-day multi-national Cobra Gold military exercise. Photo: AFP/ Roberto Schmidt
US Marine Lt. General David Berger (R) and Chief of the Royal Thai armed forces General Surapong Suwana-Adth (C) pose for a photograph at the end of a live fire military display in Nakhon Ratchasima in northeastern Thailand on February 24, 2017, the last day of the 10-day multi-national Cobra Gold military exercise. Photo: AFP/ Roberto Schmidt
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