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A foreign affairs observer is warning that upcoming visits by US and Chinese leaders could put the government in an uncomfortable position between two of its most important allies. 

Aksornsri Phanishsarn, a China expert at Thammasat University's faculty of economics, said the visits to Thailand should be seen as more than symbolic gestures of good relations.

US President Barack Obama will arrive in Bangkok on Sunday afternoon, while Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao will make a two-day visit to Thailand next week.

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