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US defence chief to boost military ties

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US Defense Secretary Leon Panetta arrived in Thailand on Thursday as part of an Asian tour designed to beef up security ties across the region as a counterweight to China's rise. 

US Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta reviews an honor guard during an arrival ceremony prior to meetings with Thai Minister of Defense Sukampol Suwannathat at the Ministry of Defense in Bangkok on November 15, 2012. Panetta is in Thailand on an Asian tour designed to cultivate strong security ties across the region as a counter-weight to China's rise.

A possible reopening of US military contacts with neighbouring Myanmar for the first time since the 1980s are also expected to feature in Panetta's talks in Bangkok.

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