China to hold military exercises with neighbor

Falcon Strike 2022 joint exercises between Thai and Chinese air forces are scheduled for Sunday

China’s defense ministry said on Saturday that Chinese fighters, bombers and airborne early warning planes would be sent to Thailand for joint exercises.

The Falcon Strike 2020 training will be held on Sunday at the Oudong Royal Thai Air Force Base in northern Thailand, near the border with Laos, the ministry said in a statement.

They include activities such as air support, attacking ground targets, and deploying small and large forces, he added.

The goal of practice is “We will strengthen mutual trust and friendship between the air forces of the two countries, deepen practical cooperation, and promote the continuous development of China-Thailand’s comprehensive strategic cooperative partnership.” the ministry said.

The wargames come amid heightened tensions in the Indo-Pacific region following US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s visit to Taiwan in early August. China, which considers the autonomous islands to be part of its territory, was angered by the move and responded by conducting its largest-ever naval and air force exercises around Taiwan.

The US also conducts joint exercises in Indonesia with the forces of Australia, Japan and Singapore. Admiral John C. Aquilino, the U.S. Indo-Pacific commander, said Friday that participating in the drills will show the nations of the world closer ties as Beijing seeks to expand its influence in the region. said there is.

“Destabilizing actions by China applied to threatening activities and actions against Taiwan are exactly what we are trying to avoid.” Aquilino said the United States “We will continue to support the realization of a free and open Indo-Pacific, and be prepared to respond to contingencies if necessary.”

Despite officially recognizing Beijing as China’s sole legitimate authority since 1979, the United States maintains strong informal ties with Taiwan, sells arms to Taipei, and promotes independence. Support.

Chinese officials have said these efforts would only violate China’s sovereignty and heighten regional tensions, and have promised to act decisively to safeguard territorial integrity. China to hold military exercises with neighbor

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