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Malaysia accepts U.S. request to use Thai airbase…US prepares for China long arms war

KUALA LUMPUR, Jun. 26 (Xinhua) — Malaysia does not see U.S. proposals to use the U-Tapao airbase in Thailand as interference in Southeast Asia region, Malaysian Defence Minister Ahmad Zahid Hamidi said Tuesday.

He said the United States has the right to reach such agreement with any country it regard as friend or ally, and any decision made on the issue between the United States and Thailand would be accepted by Malaysia.

“I don’t see the U.S. as interfering in Asean,” Ahmad Zahid told reporters at the parliament when asked on the U.S. proposals to use the airbase in Rayong, Thailand for climate-research as well as a centre for humanitarian assistance and disaster-relief training.

The U.S. National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) asked Thai government earlier this year for the permission to use U-Tapao as its base to conduct atmospheric studies in Southeast Asia during August and September this year.

Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra said last week that her government will appoint a committee to conduct studies on the proposal.

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