China Silence Puts Hold on
The Navy may seek alternative suppliers for two off-shore patrol
boats if China fails to meet guarantees imposed by Thailand.
Defence Minister Chavalit Yongchaiyudh said cabinet yesterday
postponed a decision on the 3.5 billion baht purchase, pending
The Navy wants to buy two new patrol boats from China, but on
the condition it is a government-to-government purchase through
a 100% counter-trade arrangement.
It also requires that China builds the two vessels at facilities
in Thailand and installs a Chinese gun control system, to promote
local employment and technology transfer.
China has yet to provide the assurances.