The Chinese air force is sending fighter jets and bombers to Thailand for a joint exercise with the Thai military on Sunday
The Chinese air force is sending fighter jets and bombers to 泰国 for a joint exercise with the Thai military on Sunday.
The training will include air support, strikes on ground targets and small and large-scale troop deployment, the Chinese Defense Ministry said in a statement posted on its website.
China recently sent warships, missiles and aircraft into the waters and air around Taiwan in a threatening response to a visit by U.S. House Speaker 南希佩洛西 to the self-ruled island, which China claims as its territory.
The Falcon Strike exercise will be held at the Udorn Royal Thai Air Force Base in northern Thailand near the border with Laos. Thai fighter jets and airborne early warning aircraft from both countries will also take part.
The training comes as the U.S. holds combat drills in Indonesia with Indonesia, 澳大利亚, Japan and Singapore in the largest iteration of the Super Garuda Shield exercises since they began in 2009.
It also follows a visit by U.S. Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin to Thailand in June as part of an effort to strengthen what he called America’s “unparalleled network of alliances and partnerships” in the region.