A Chinese submarine, though not of the same class offered for sale to the Thai navy. Photo: PLA Navy A Chinese submarine, though not of the same class offered for sale to the Thai navy. Photo: PLA Navy
A Chinese submarine, though not of the same class offered for sale to the Thai navy. Photo: PLA Navy
Termsak Chalermpalanupap
Opinion

Opinion

Termsak Chalermpalanupap

‘Deter Malaysia’: Thailand’s navy wants Chinese submarines as both bargaining chip and deterrent

  • Thailand’s navy made a fresh funding push to complete the purchase of three Chinese submarines before a maritime agreement with Malaysia expires
  • The boats would give Bangkok more leverage in negotiations and help protect economic interests of some US$77.2 billion per year, navy officials say

A Chinese submarine, though not of the same class offered for sale to the Thai navy. Photo: PLA Navy A Chinese submarine, though not of the same class offered for sale to the Thai navy. Photo: PLA Navy
A Chinese submarine, though not of the same class offered for sale to the Thai navy. Photo: PLA Navy
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Termsak Chalermpalanupap

Termsak Chalermpalanupap

Termsak Chalermpalanupap is a Visiting Fellow in the Thailand Studies Programme at the ISEAS – Yusof Ishak Institute in Singapore.