Unionists fearful of move away from military economy

When the US government withdrew servicemen from its military bases in Thailand following the end of the Vietnam war in the late 1970s, it caused a panic within the Thai economy.

13th August, 2005

When the US government withdrew servicemen from its military bases in Thailand following the end of the Vietnam war in the late 1970s, it caused a panic within the Thai economy. A civilian workforce and a plethora of businesses had grown dependent upon the US military presence and was soon forced to seek out other financial opportunities.

While the North's economy may be considerably more advanced than Thailand's, the British government's demilitarisation policy has frightened...

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