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Thai PM eyes cozier US relations during meeting with Trump

Washington pushes Bangkok for support on North Korea

Thailand's Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha gestures during a conference in Bangkok in June.   © Reuters

BANGKOK -- Thailand's junta chief Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha hopes for warmer ties with the U.S. as he meets with President Donald Trump on Monday in Washington, marking his first visit to the White House since wresting power in a 2014 military coup.

The administration of former President Barack Obama had shunned Thailand's unelected military regime, but relations may be changing as Trump increasingly reaches out to Asian nations for support over escalating tensions on the Korean Peninsula.

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