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House committee postpones meeting on subs purchase… again

Jack Burton



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A Parliamentary committee meeting on the Royal Thai Navy’s controversial purchase of 2 Chinese submarines has been postponed for a third time, until Monday. The Democratic party vehemently opposes the purchase, saying the 22.5 billion baht would be better spent on Covid-19 relief efforts and aiding the recovery of the nation’s battered economy.

Democrat MP Akkharadet Wongphithakrot, acting as spokesman of the House committee scrutinising the budget bill for fiscal 2021, told reporters that a subcommittee on durable product items, state enterprises, ICT equipment and revolving funds has been asked to meet with the committee to submit the results of its consideration of the purchase.

But the meeting was postponed to August 31 since there are “many time-consuming budget considerations for other projects during this period.”

According to Akkharadet, if the committee wants more information about the submarine procurement, representatives of the navy will be invited to clarify the matter.

The meeting has already been posponed twice, on Wednesday and yesterday.

SOURCE: Bangkok Post


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    Toby Andrews

    Saturday, August 29, 2020 at 11:10 pm

    Apparently Thailand has already bought one submarine from the Chinese, but not paid for it.
    Seems despite all the Thai declarations of being solvent they cannot pay for a second hand submarine.
    The Chinese will not let Thailand have the submarine until the Thais have paid for it – very wise.
    Now the the Thais want two more submarines.
    Is this because they want the Chinese to let them have the first submarine, not paid for, to encourage the Chinese to let them that submarine on the promise to buy the later two submarines?

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    rinky stingpiece

    Sunday, August 30, 2020 at 2:43 pm

    They need to torpedo this deal, and put their collective periscope up above the surface to look at the economic carnage that Kung Flu has caused. Don’t buy into Chinese Communist Party loanshark diplomacy, it will ruin the country.

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    Toby Andrews

    Sunday, August 30, 2020 at 4:58 pm

    The Thais can ruin the country without Chinese help.

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Jack Burton is an American writer, broadcaster, linguist and journalist who has lived in Asia since 1987. A native of the state of Georgia, he attended the The University of Georgia's Henry Grady School of Journalism, which hands out journalism's prestigious Peabody Awards. His works have appeared in The China Post, The South China Morning Post, The International Herald Tribune and many magazines throughout Asia and the world. He is fluent in Mandarin and has appeared on television and radio for decades in Taiwan, Mainland China, Hong Kong and Macau.

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