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Thailand looks to China to develop defence production facility

14 December 2016

China and Thailand have progressed plans to establish a joint defence production facility in the Southeast Asian country.

The proposal features China's development in Thailand of a facility to manufacture Chinese military equipment and spare parts. The facility would also provide maintenance, repair, and overhaul (MRO) support for Chinese materiel in Thailand and regional countries.

IHS Jane's understands that the facility was discussed by senior defence officials from the two countries on 13 December. These talks took place during Thai defence minister Prawit Wongsuwan's visit to Beijing, where he attended the 5th China-Thailand Joint Committee on Trade, Investment and Economic Cooperation.

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