China’s Foreign Minister Wang Yi was due to arrive on Wednesday night in Thailand, a country central to Beijing’s strategy for Asia at a time the kingdom is facing a double hit from a pandemic-flattened economy and political turmoil.
In the big superpower square-off between the US and China, Thailand plays an oversized role.
Bordering Laos, the kingdom is China’s gateway to the Mekong region, while its endless coastline offers the promise of trade, ports, economic zones and mass tourism.
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Thailand used to be staunchly in the US camp, bound together through defence and economic ties forged during the Vietnam