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Turbulent Thailand

Thailand shelves Chinese submarine deal after public backlash

Calls for supporting economy prompt reversal on initial payment in $720m purchase

A 039G Chinese submarine is seen docked in Hong Kong. The S26T submarines that the Royal Thai Navy plans to buy from the Chinese are based on a newer 039A type.   © Reuters

BANGKOK -- Thai Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha has delayed the purchase of China-made military submarines for a year after public opposition sparked a reversal of a controversial funding decision.

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