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Thailand, US boost military ties

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  • Writer: Wassana Nanuam and AFP
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Thailand and the United States pledged on Thursday to renew their military alliance for a new security era during a regional tour by Washington's defence chief designed to counter China's rise. 

US Defence Secretary Leon Panetta said the new joint defence declaration between the decades-old allies had "moved this alliance into the 21st century".

The last time the two nations drafted such a joint declaration was in 1962, when the US promised to defend Thailand from "communist aggression".

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