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Thai junta's economic legacy-building at crossroads

Nascent export recovery threatened by Trump protectionism

Exports, which account for roughly 60% of Thailand's GDP, are gaining steam.

BANGKOK -- Thailand's languishing economy is finally seeing some rays of light, but its military government must battle the clock to lay a foundation for sustained growth before handing over power to a civilian government in about a year.

The second-largest Southeast Asian economy has relied on aggressive government spending and solid tourism momentum to navigate through a period of stagnation. Now, exports, which account for about 60% of the country's gross domestic product, have started regaining traction.

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