Chuck Hagel urges Thailand to 'return to democracy'

US Defence Secretary Chuck Hagel has called on Thailand to "return to democracy" during an Asia-Pacific security forum after the military took over control of the government in a coup.

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US cancels military training in Thailand

The US military has cancelled training exercises with Thailand, as well as a visit to the Asian nation.

Pentagon Press Secretary Real Admiral John Kirby said: "As we have made clear, it is important that the Royal Thai Armed Forces end this coup and restore to the people of Thailand both the principles and the process of democratic rule, including a clear path forward to elections."

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