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Burma soldier lifts eyebrows

U.S., Thailand downplay his presence at military drills

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Photographs by AP/SAKCHAI LALIT

U.S. Ambassador to Thailand Glyn Davies (from left), Thai defense forces chief Thanchaiyan Srisuwan and Lt. Gen. Lawrence Nicholson join hands for a photo Tuesday in Rayong province, Thailand.

Thailand and the United States downplayed the presence of a Burmese military officer at the opening Tuesday of the largest annual joint military exercise in Southeast Asia.

A Burmese soldier attends Tuesday’s opening ceremony for the joint military exercises.

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