Enter Russia. Russia is right there to offer a lending hand to the Thais as the Americans display anger and frosty feelings just because democracy has been suspended.
Russia has delivered combat helicopters to the military regime and now wants to provide tanks, counterterrorism training, security intelligence and other assistance, Moscow’s ambassador to Thailand said in an interview.This is smart on the Thai's part as it brings in another big patron just to make friends with in case times get tough. Russia (China, too) does not care for the internal administration of the Thais, just that they buy the arms and equipment. It is a trade partnership, and look at the details, these are not small deals. Think of America's "Red Empire", which is the empire of bases but also of large arms deals as military industrial interests make friends in foreign lands. Russia is chiseling in on territory America considered part of the Empire since the end of World War Two.
There is of course a local fellow of proper progressive thought who will give his take on the events, and how "many' in Thailand are unhappy with this course of events. Here is his LinkedIn prior to the lengthy quotation.
“The Thai government may be leaning further towards authoritarian friends in Russia and China — who are only too happy to overlook its domestic troubles in exchange for mutually beneficial trade or influence — but in the modern context it is difficult to envision Thailand returning to a situation as it was during the Cold War, where its foreign relations were dominated by a single great power,” said Jacob Hogan, a fellow at the Institute of Security and International Studies in the Political Science Faculty at Bangkok’s Chulalongkorn University.
In 2014, “Thailand’s military government sought out more supportive partners as Bangkok’s post-coup d’etat relations with the United States, European Union and other democratic states in the region, such as Japan and Korea, cooled,” Mr. Jacob said Sunday in an email interview.
“But with the Russians and Chinese very happy to overlook Thailand’s domestic situation, in return for lucrative arms and energy sales and business opportunities, many in Thailand are nervous about the impact that these deepening relations with authoritarian states will have on Thailand’s long-term democratic consolidation,” he said.
Actually, many in Thailand were nervous before the coup that the scheming fraudster and his family had figured out how to offer free stuff to the dum-dums in exchange for votes to stay in power. Those individuals did not like the democracy game and realized that there is no reasoning with those progressives.
The interesting thing in the prog's quote, and just how comical is it that an Australian was quoted and not a native Thai, is the line "it is difficult to envision Thailand returning to a situation as it was during the Cold War, where its foreign relations were dominated by a single great power". The Cold War ended twenty five years ago, but America kept Thailand in its fold for decades after but no longer. There is the confirmation that the American Empire is in decline. The USG system can no longer keep little Thailand in line.