Partnership. This word sounds warm and tender. It also implies mutual respect. Then again, it can also be deceiving.
Just take a closer look at the Joint Vision Statement for the Thai-US Defence Alliance. It is "a 21st Century Security Partnership" for the two countries whose ties go back 180 years.
The statement was carefully crafted and the wording was delicately selected for Defence Minister ACM Sukumpol Suwanatat and his American counterpart, Leon Panetta, so they both could be proud when they signed it on Nov 15.
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