The Evolution of Sino-Thai Diplomatic Relations: 1965-1975.
ARMY COMMAND AND GENERAL STAFF COLL FORT LEAVENWORTH KANS
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The purpose of this thesis is to examine how the reduction of two major obstacles between 1965 and 1975 facilitated the evolution of formal diplomatic relations between the Kingdom of Thailand and the People Republic of China. The two obstacles were the United States military presence in Thailand and the Chinese support for an insurgency in northern Thailand. The author attempts to demonstrate that Bangkok and Peking each perceived the other as carrying out one major aspect of foreign policy which was unacceptable to the other. The investigation reveals that a dialogue between Bangkok and Peking evolved gradually as the U.S. troop presence in Thailand was lowered, and as Peking placed less emphasis on support for the insurgency in northern Thailand. When the obstacles were reduced to the level that neither country perceived a threat, then diplomatic relations were established.
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