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  • NEWS

    Prawit delays sending sub purchase to cabinet

    Published on 15/07/2015

    » Defence Minister Prawit Wongsuwon on Wednesday ordered the navy to delay sending its submarine purchase proposal to cabinet for approval, amid concern about opposition to the project.

  • NEWS

    Prawit off to China to build defence ties

    Published on 05/04/2015

    » Defence Minister Prawit Wongsuwon will visit China on Wednesday, and a Defence Ministry source said a planned submarine purchase is in line for discussions with Beijing.

  • NEWS

    Thailand, China deepen defence ties

    Published on 24/04/2015

    » Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha and Xu Qiliang, vice-chairman of China's Central Military Commission, agreed on Friday to foster defence relations between their armed forces.

  • OPINION

    Vulgarity on display

    News, Postbag, Published on 09/12/2017

    » While watching some poor old half-naked, badly deformed saleng struggle to push his empty ramshackle cart along the road this morning, I thought of the vulgar ostentatious display of wealth by our clearly insecure deputy prime minister this week.

  • OPINION

    Credibility lost over sub

    News, Editorial, Published on 26/04/2017

    » The handling of the purchase of submarines from China was extremely distasteful. By refusing even to tell the country what it was doing, the cabinet has raised several questions and reduced its credibility. The arrogant and unnecessary argument that "the public doesn't have to know everything" about cabinet proceedings is insulting.

  • OPINION

    Navy's 'toys' indefensible

    Oped, Editorial, Published on 20/02/2017

    » Deputy Prime Minister Prawit Wongsuwon, the minister for defence, has confirmed the Royal Thai Navy will spend 13.5 billion baht for one Chinese-made submarine, delivery guaranteed in 2017. Plans to spend 27 billion baht for two additional subs have been approved in principle. It is a disappointing rejection of both public and expert opinion that opposes the long drawn-out plan to equip the navy with submarines on every conceivable ground imaginable.

  • OPINION

    Budget Rethink?

    Guru, Pornchai Sereemongkonpol, Published on 21/04/2017

    » Our dear cabinet recently approved a budget to buy 10 made-in-China tanks worth two billion baht while key members also seem keen on a plan proposed by the Royal Thai Navy to buy three submarines worth 36 billion baht. While I'm sure these dear sirs exercised their sound rationale before agreeing to such big purchases for the sake of Thailand's security, IMHO, with utmost respect, I would like to point out that there are other more beneficial ways the money could be used too.

  • OPINION

    Sink the sub proposal

    News, Editorial, Published on 05/07/2016

    » The Royal Thai Navy is once again pressing to buy three submarines from China. The defence minister, not at all surprisingly, supports this new military upgrade. It would be a terrible mistake and misuse of 36 billion baht, or possibly more, of the public's money. Realistically, the only thing preventing an almost instant purchase is Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha. He has put off this scheme before, and should do so again, but more forcefully.

  • OPINION

    Answering Uncle Tu's Questions (Again)

    Guru, Pornchai Sereemongkonpol, Published on 17/11/2017

    » Recently, our dear leader Gen Prayut Chan-o-cha posed six new questions regarding new political parties, which critics have deemed as a way for his regime to pursue its own political interests.

  • NEWS

    Navy not out of its depths in joint drill with US

    News, Mongkol Bangprapa, Published on 29/05/2016

    » The Royal Thai Navy may have failed to find submarines to add to its own fleet last year, but it has proved adept at hunting down an enemy's underwater arsenal.

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