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Thailand’s PM Prayut Chan-o-cha sent a letter of congratulations to US resident Joe Biden. He says the Thai government is ready to work closely with the US government to promote cooperation in all aspects and all levels.

He also says that Thailand and the US have a long relationship that dates back over 200 years. And, as Thailand is the US’s longest standing ally in Asia, he hopes the US, under President Biden “will not turn its back on the country”.

He also called for cooperation between the 2 countries in handling the global pandemic together, saying “the worldwide Covid-19 pandemic has taught all countries a lesson and that the world is facing historic changes, with the most important thing being “for all of us is to come together face to face and to cooperate with one another”.

SOURCE: Thai PBS World

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    Steve

    Saturday, January 23, 2021 at 1:02 pm

    Thailand is the U.S longest ally? I was under the impression they were cooperating with the Japaneese who America was at war with. Who needs enemies when you have allies like that!

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      Issan John

      Saturday, January 23, 2021 at 2:53 pm

      To be fair, longest ally in Asia. Not sure who else it could be, given that the US has lost most of its others …

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      John is my biggest fan

      Saturday, January 23, 2021 at 5:55 pm

      Officially Thailand declared war on the USA during WWII but the Thai ambassador to the US was to cowardly to deliver the declaration and thought it would serve Thai interests to continue to play the Allies and Axis off one another. He was right, of course.

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      James Pate

      Sunday, January 24, 2021 at 5:00 pm

      Every relationship goes through a rough patch from time to time. Arguing about stuff that happened 70+ years ago makes no sense. Would some of you try to tell me that the US did not fight not one, but two, wars against Britain? Get over it. You cut and paste Wikipedia historians just crack me up.

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    Jason

    Saturday, January 23, 2021 at 2:19 pm

    Many Australians, British, Dutch, Indians and others died on the Thai Burma Railway’s construction…. The Thais were subjugated as was most of Asia. Maybe China will do the same as Japan did…..

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      Issan John

      Saturday, January 23, 2021 at 2:50 pm

      So, to be fair, did many more Thais.

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        Nipral

        Saturday, January 23, 2021 at 3:07 pm

        Quite funny to read your prose starting with “to be fair” 😂😂😂😂😂

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          John is my biggest fan

          Saturday, January 23, 2021 at 5:59 pm

          Oh, please don’t. This annoying verbal affectation has infected many a native English speaker. “To be fair” is the new, “do you know what I mean” or “at the end of the day”.

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            James Pate

            Sunday, January 24, 2021 at 4:38 pm

            Along with “That being said” and “It is was it is.”

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      Toby Andrews

      Saturday, January 23, 2021 at 2:52 pm

      Thailand was on the Japanese side for a long time.
      Japan gave Thailand provinces in Burma. There is a medal for Thai soldiers fighting with the Japanese.
      Thailand declared war on the USA and Britain. So they turned on their great long time US ally.

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        Issan John

        Saturday, January 23, 2021 at 4:18 pm

        To be fair 🙂 Thailand didn’t “declare war on the USA and Britain” as Thailand never delivered the declaration.

        Saying that “Thailand was on the Japanese side for a long time” is as true as saying that France was on the German side, and is no less inaccurate since the Free Thai Army fought for the Allies just as the Free French did.

        As for “there is a medal for Thai soldiers fighting with the Japanese”, so there is also one for British who fought for the Germans.

        Neither the Thais nor the allies have anything to be proud of in that era – Thailand declared its neutrality in 1939, despite having supported the allies in WW1, and the allies did nothing to help prevent a Japanese takeover.

        Of the 60,000 allied POWs working on the Death Railway, which included friends and neighbours of mine albeit from a different generation, some 15,000 of them died.

        Of the 180,000 Thais, Malays, Singaporeans, Indonesians, Chinese and Burmese also forced to work on the Death Railway some 90,000 died. Ignoring that is nothing less than a disgraceful distortion of history.

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          Toby Andrews

          Saturday, January 23, 2021 at 7:32 pm

          I will make it quite clear, the Thais fought with the Japanese because it benefited them. They were not forced.
          And in return they acquired provinces in Laos, Burma and Malaya.
          Then the treacherous bar-stewards switched sides when they saw the allies were winning.
          They paid reparations to the US after the war as punishment.
          Sugar coat it all you want. Make all the excuses using comparison with the supposed conduct of the west.
          So the British fought for the Germans. These were individual traitors. Thailand as a country was one big traitor. Were they not supposed to be allies of the USA?
          Thailand got off light for what they did.
          You are right they did not declared war on the USA. What else does anyone expect of these people? Sneaky rats!

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            Issan John

            Sunday, January 24, 2021 at 1:54 am

            Toby, your grasp of history could be written on the sharp end of an extremely small pin.

            Thailand never “switched sides when they saw the allies were winning”. That never happened, either with the government, the military in Thailand, or the Free Thai Movement.

            Nobody “switched sides”.

            Thailand paid no “reparations to the US after the war as punishment.”

            None. Not one baht, cent or grain of rice.

            The US never made a post war peace treaty with Thailand, nor did Thailand ever give the US any reparations since as far as the US was concerned they had never been at war with Thailand – no declaration of war had ever been delivered, and the declaration was, in any case, not signed by the Regents so it was worthless.

            Thailand made a peace treaty with the UK, as it did with Australia, but primarily simply to return to the pre-war status quo, with “reparations” consisting of nothing more than giving rice to Malaysia that was already surplus stock – there was no “punishment” involved.

            … and ‘no’, Thailand was NOT “supposed to be allies of the USA”. They had a non-aggression treaty with the USA, which they kept, not an alliance.

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            Tony Andrews

            Sunday, January 24, 2021 at 3:48 pm

            As you suggested my grasp of history was lacking I looks some up.
            What I found was that that Thailand acted even worst than I first thought.
            True they did not declare war on the US, but they did on Britain.
            That was your first mistake mister expert in history.
            And at the end of the war when the Japanese were defeated, groveling treacherous Thailand claimed that Thailand was never at war with the the USA and Britain. Using feeble excuses that the government then did not have the powers to do so.
            While there is some doubt whether they were at war with the USA, there is no doubt they declared war on Britain on the 25th of January 1942. And if there is still any doubt, Thailand then went on to seize British provinces in Burma and Malaya.
            One of the most dishonorable betrayals they did do was, they secretly started working on the side of the allies when they saw which way the war was going.
            However Goring warned Japan that they would do so, as the Italians did.
            They did not pay reparations to the USA, but they did deliver 1.5 millions tons of rice to British Malaya as reparations.
            The British also forbid Thailand to build a canal somewhere.
            In conclusion they proved then their true nature, which is an innate instinct to be selfish liars and cheats.

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    Joe weber

    Saturday, January 23, 2021 at 2:58 pm

    To bad he didn’t work with Trump, but he knew The U.S. would want fair trade. He’s hoping to get all the money this idiot Biden will give to everyone but his own people. Biden and this idiot are also good buddies with China.

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    Nipral

    Saturday, January 23, 2021 at 3:02 pm

    Sure that Biden is delighted and dies to meet Prayut to discuss utterly important strategic issues. We all know how this new administration is found of military dictatures 😂😂😂😂😂

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    Toby Andrews

    Saturday, January 23, 2021 at 4:19 pm

    The President Biden is saying in the photograph above “Now hold on there you tricky Thai tyrant.”

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    Ian

    Saturday, January 23, 2021 at 6:46 pm

    The question should be does Biden wanna talk with a cruel dictatorship that doesn’t listen to it’s people just punishes them on a daily basis that uses ancient laws ,military rule no free speech ,no freedom ,no fair elections and a land of scam exactly

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    Ben

    Sunday, January 24, 2021 at 12:01 am

    Thailand is going to do what’s best for Thailand. WW2 was a long time ago and now we’re allies with Germany, Italy and Japan. Let’s move forward to the present day.

    I’m not sure whether we’re an ally with Thailand or is China? Playing both sides doesn’t make you an ally. More like an opportunist.

    Anyway the PM has called for cooperation between the 2 countries in handling the pandemic together. I’m not sure what Thailand has to offer in that partnership. Seems like a CYA move to ask for help later.

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    Sam

    Sunday, January 24, 2021 at 8:41 am

    Weber you mental midget your boy Trump called North Korea’s dictator his good friend, and he virtually fell to his knees to provide fellatio to Putin. You’re a moron Weber, a real moron.

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    Stardust

    Sunday, January 24, 2021 at 4:46 pm

    Learn something about human rights , democracy and development.After we can talk eye to eye and if you not respect it the big boys will coming after you and there will be no amnesty!

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    James Pate

    Sunday, January 24, 2021 at 4:52 pm

    Well, at least Biden can pronounce “Thailand” correctly. That’s an improvement already. I bet he can also correctly pronounce “Nepal” and “Bhutan”.

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    James Pate

    Sunday, January 24, 2021 at 5:04 pm

    Maybe I missed it, but I don’t remember hearing anything about Uncle sending congrats to Gramps back in November when it was a done deal.

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    Jesus Monroe

    Tuesday, January 26, 2021 at 11:05 am

    When Biden decides to scratch is ass he will find what he thinks is a hemorrhoid is in fact little PM Prayut Chan-o-cha head poking out…..

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