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Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Thail Prime Minister and junta chief Prayuth Chan-ocha before their meeting, New Delhi, June 17, 2016 (AP photo by Saurabh Das)

Both Modi and Prayut Have Big Plans for Closer India-Thailand Ties

Friday, July 15, 2016

Last month, the head of the Thai junta, Prayut Chan-o-cha, visited India for the first time since he seized power in a military coup in May 2014. Though India and Thailand have long been diplomatic partners, the visit saw an uptick in their cooperation as they prepare to commemorate the 70th anniversary of their relationship next year.

India and Thailand have long made a commitment to enhancing their bilateral ties, recognizing the value of the relationship both for its own sake as well as part of their regional strategies, whether India’s current “Look East” policy or its corollary, Thailand’s “Look West” policy in the 1990s. Both sides share things in common, from their Hindu-Buddhist historical and cultural heritage to a maritime space in the Andaman Sea. They see each other as a major economic market and an important partner in security issues, ranging from maritime security to counterterrorism. ...

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