Monday, February 10, 2014

China to take part in US, Asia military drill

China says it will for the first time dispatch its military personnel to a multi-national drill in Thailand, which is led by the United States.

China's state-run television on Monday reported that 17 military personnel are to take part in the exercise. They are mainly from the Guangzhou Military Region in southern China.

The report said they will take part in a drill designed to provide humanitarian disaster relief activities.

The drill, codenamed "Cobra Gold," will begin on Tuesday and is the 31st in the series. Japan and South Korea will also take part in the drill.

China has also conveyed to the United States its willingness to take part in the multi-national naval drill off Hawaii this year. Rim of the Pacific exercise, or RIMPAC, is a biennial exercise by Pacific Rim countries.

Nations neighboring China are increasingly wary of China as it bolsters its military capabilities. The country is also reiterating its sovereignty claims in disputed islands in the East and South China seas.

China appears to be strengthening its military ties with the United States to assure its neighbors that it is not a threat.