Thai Navy to buy Chinese subs
Opt to ‘buy local’ despite regional tensions.
Thai Navy votes to buy three Chinese submarines worth $1 bn
Bangkok: Thailand’s navy has voted in favour of buying three Chinese submarines worth US$1 billion, an official said Thursday, the kingdom’s first such vessels in decades if the purchase is approved by the cabinet.
The country last operated submarines in its waters 50 years ago and wants the new high-tech vessels as a “deterrent”, said Thailand’s navy chief, without elaborating on the nature of threats faced by the junta-ruled nation.
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