Kick-boxing is tough for young fighters, although proponents say it is a respectable and controllable affair. Photo: Anusak Laowilas

Thailand’s child kick-boxers face an often deadly fight to escape poverty

  • While Muay Thai is a huge part of society in the kingdom, there has been a backlash against the involvement of children as young as 12
  • But proponents of the sport say training to be a professional means starting young, and for many it is a path out of hardship for them and their family
Topic |   Thailand

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Kick-boxing is tough for young fighters, although proponents say it is a respectable and controllable affair. Photo: Anusak Laowilas
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Beijing’s state-owned defence companies have been able to undercut their international competitors on price. Photo: AP
Ian Storey
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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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