Thailand to purchase of Chinese tanks

The Thai cabinet on Tuesday approved the purchase of 10 Chinese tanks worth $58 million to replace an old US model, a government spokesman said, the second of three planned purchases of 49 tanks from China. Thailand ordered 28 tanks from China last year. “These tanks will replace the M41 tanks, which are small and old,” Sansern Kaewkamnerd said. Thailand has used the US M41 light tanks since World War II. Relations have been strengthening between China and the United States’ oldest ally in Southeast Asia, particularly since ties with the US cooled after a 2014 coup. In January, the cabinet also approved $380 million to buy a submarine from China and is considering buying three more.Media agencies

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