China, Thailand to hold joint military drills

Falcon Strike 2022 exercises are scheduled for Sunday

Chinese fighter jets, bombers and early warning planes will be sent to Thailand for joint exercises, the Chinese Defense Ministry said on Saturday.

The Falcon Strike 2020 exercises will take place on Sunday at the Royal Thai Air Force base in Udorn, northern Thailand, near the border with Laos, the ministry said in a statement.

They will include activities such as air support, strikes on ground targets and small and large scale troop deployment, he added.

The aim of the exercise is “Strengthen mutual trust and friendship between the two countries’ air forces, deepen practical cooperation, and promote the continuous development of China-Thailand comprehensive strategic cooperative partnership,” said the ministry.

The war games will take place amid a spike in tensions in the Indo-Pacific region following the visit of US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to Taiwan in early August. China, which considers the self-governing island part of its territory, was angered by the move and reacted by staging the biggest ever naval and air drills around Taiwan.

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The United States is also holding joint exercises in Indonesia, with Australian, Japanese and Singaporean forces. By participating in the drills – Super Garuda Shield – the countries involved are signaling their stronger ties amid Beijing’s attempts to expand its influence in the region, US Indo-Pacific Commander Admiral John C said on Friday. Aquilino.

“China’s destabilizing actions as they apply to threatening activities and actions against Taiwan are exactly what we are trying to avoid,” he added. Aquilino said, adding that the United States “continue to help provide a free and open Indo-Pacific and be ready when we need to respond to any eventuality.”

Although it officially recognizes Beijing as the only legitimate authority in China since 1979, the United States maintains strong unofficial ties with Taiwan, selling arms to Taipei and supporting its independence efforts.

Chinese authorities have long protested the efforts, saying they undermine China’s sovereignty and only heighten tensions in the region, while promising to act resolutely to protect its territorial integrity.


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