Did China or the U.S. benefit from the coup?

Did China or the U.S. benefit from the coup?
Opposite analyses from Asia Times and The Nation. In cases like this, the rule of thumb is that The Nation is most likely wrong...

Thaksin's loss, US's gain - Asia Times, February 9, 2007
...For Washington, last year's military takeover has presented a unique opportunity to steal a march from China, which through soft economic power has seen Beijing consolidate strong alliances in neighboring Myanmar, Cambodia and Laos...

Post-coup Thailand in the eyes of the US and China - The Nation, February 12, 2007
...All of the above has not posed any problems for the friendship between Thailand and China. In fact, the coup was a blessing for China, as it can now quickly fine-tune relations with its most important partner in Asean...

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