In an opinion article in the Weekend Australian, October 16, 2016, senior journalist Greg Sheridan makes the point that Thailand has, in the past, informally represented the Australian position(s) in regional discussions to which Australia is not a party.
But Thailand now has a military government, with which Australia has not fully engaged, creating a diplomatic vacuum eagerly filled by China.
Sheridan argues that Australia should re-engage Thailand ‘… a key trade and political and security interlocker for Australia …’ and not be too concerned with the military nature of the Thai government.
Does the use of the word ‘interlocker’ mean that hand holding and the intertwining of fingers are involved? Surely not.
He meant interlocutor.