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Thai opposition leader defends Taiwan, vows support for Myanmar

Thanathorn criticizes Prayuth's embrace of China and Min Aung Hlaing

Thai opposition figure Thanathorn Juangroongruangkit says, "If Thailand had successfully stopped the coup d'etat of 2014, there might have been no military coup in Myanmar." (Photo by Walid Berrazeg/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images)

TAIPEI -- Thanathorn Juangroongruangkit, a prominent Thai opposition leader and chief of the dissolved Future Forward Party, has slammed Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha's close embrace of an increasingly aggressive China as well as Myanmar's military regime.

In an interview with Nikkei Asia last week, Thanathorn said he stood with the people of Taiwan. He was visiting Taipei to attend the Oslo Freedom Forum, an international human rights conference.

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