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Thai Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha has incurred the wrath of the Donald Trump administration over a proposed ban on three farm chemicals. (© Nikkei montage/Source photos by Getty Images)
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Trump squeezes Thailand in trade row over chemicals ban

Kingdom's reversal reveals vulnerability to 'America First' pressure

MASAYUKI YUDA, Nikkei staff writer | Thailand

BANGKOK -- On Nov. 27, Thailand surrendered to the U.S.

Southeast Asia's second-largest economy suspended an imminent move to ban three agrochemicals over safety fears. The restrictions could have led to a significant reduction in American agricultural shipments to the kingdom. The Donald Trump administration, however, knew how to hit Thailand where it hurts.

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