Beijing’s state-owned defence companies have been able to undercut their international competitors on price. Photo: AP
Ian Storey
Opinion

Opinion

Ian Storey

Chinese arms: cheaper than US, no strings attached. Thailand is sold

  • Beijing has filled a void in Thailand’s arms imports since Washington scaled back cooperation after the country’s 2014 military coup
  • But the United States remains Bangkok’s most important security partner and Thailand is keen to strike a balance between the two powers to meet its needs

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Beijing’s state-owned defence companies have been able to undercut their international competitors on price. Photo: AP
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