US Defence Secretary Lloyd Austin, left, stands at attention beside Thailand’s Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha as they inspect an honour guard at Government House in Bangkok on Monday. Photo: AFP
US Defence Secretary Lloyd Austin, left, stands at attention beside Thailand’s Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha as they inspect an honour guard at Government House in Bangkok on Monday. Photo: AFP

US defence chief denies seeking to split Asia ‘into hostile blocks’ during Thailand trip

  • US Defence Secretary Lloyd Austin made the remarks during a visit to Thailand, where he met PM Prayuth Chan-ocha for the second time in as many months
  • Austin also said his recent talk with General Wei Fenghe, his Chinese counterpart, was ‘an important step in our efforts to develop open lines of communication’

US Defence Secretary Lloyd Austin, left, stands at attention beside Thailand’s Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha as they inspect an honour guard at Government House in Bangkok on Monday. Photo: AFP
US Defence Secretary Lloyd Austin, left, stands at attention beside Thailand’s Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha as they inspect an honour guard at Government House in Bangkok on Monday. Photo: AFP
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