Head of US Pacific Command touts strong ties with Thailand

The head of the U.S. Pacific Command is touting Washington's "deep and enduring commitment" to Thailand.

Adm. Harry B. Harris spoke Tuesday at a naval base outside Bangkok as the U.S. and Thailand held their annual Cobra Gold joint military exercises.

Harris is the highest-ranking American official to attend the exercises since Thailand's 2014 coup.

The U.S. is vying with an increasingly powerful China for regional influence in Asia.