U.S. military to participate in major exercise in Thailand despite coup

U.S. military to participate in major exercise in Thailand despite coup – Washington Post, February 7, 2015
…“I’ll be blunt here,” Russel said. “When an elected leader is deposed, impeached by the authorities that implemented the coup, and then targeted with criminal charges . . . the international community is left with the impression that these steps could be politically driven.”
…A few days later, the Thai generals gave a more pointed response. Prayuth, the junta chief, met with China’s defense minister in Bangkok, discussed how to expand military cooperation with Beijing, and thanked him for “understanding the ­political situation in Thailand.”

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