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Thai Junta Claims Support From China, Vietnam Amid Western Unease

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June 04, 2014 AT 4:48 AM
China and Vietnam have expressed support for Thailand's new military government, an army spokesman said on Wednesday, as pro-army groups planned to demonstrate at the Australian Embassy for downgrading relations after last month's coup. Several foreign governments have voiced disapproval of the coup, which saw General Prayuth Chan-ocha take power after months of political unrest that undermined the government of Yingluck Shinawatra. Yongyuth Mayalarp, a spokesman for the military's National Council for Peace and Order, told reporters, "China's and Vietnam's ambassadors to Thailand met Supreme Commander General Thanasak Patimaprakorn yesterday and assured us that they still have a good relationship with Thailand and that they hope the situation will return to normal quickly."