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Thai junta desperate to retain Chinese tourism after capsizing kills dozens

PM Prayuth visits area of boat accident and promises China’s Xi to step up safety measures

Rescued survivors rest in a fishing boat after the vessel they were travelling in capsized off the tourist island of Phuket, Thailand.   © Reuters

CHIANG RAI, Thailand -- Following pressure from Chinese President Xi Jinping, Thailand’s Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha visited the southern resort of Phuket on Monday to inspect ongoing rescue operations of Chinese tourists that were thrown into rough waters when their boat capsized on Thursday. 

The boat was carrying 89 tourists, mostly Chinese. As of Monday morning, 41 had been found dead while 11 were still missing.

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