The United States And Asean Carry Out Joint Naval Maneuvers Amid Tensions With.

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The maneuvers will last five days, mainly “in the Gulf of Thailand and the South China Sea,” the US embassy said. in Bangkok in a statement.

The United States and the ten countries of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean), for its acronym in English, began Monday joint naval maneuvers amid commercial tensions between Beijing and Washington.

A total of eight warships, four fighter jets and more than a thousand soldiers participate in these joint exercises that began at a naval base in southern Thailand.

The US Navy sent for the maneuvers that will last until September 7, two warships, four helicopters and two reconnaissance planes.

For their part, Thailand, the Philippines, Malaysia, Myanmar, Singapore and Vietnam each provided a ship, while the rest of the countries refrained from sending their vessels to war games.

The maneuvers will last five days, mainly “in the Gulf of Thailand and the South China Sea,” the US embassy said. in Bangkok in a statement.

Last August the US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo participated in a regional summit of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) where he promoted the “Indo-Pacific” strategy of President Donald Trump.

Trump’s plan seeks to challenge China in the midst of the trade dispute between Washington and Beijing that was increased with the launch of new tariffs by the US. to Chinese imports.

The United States And Asean Carry Out Joint Naval Maneuvers Amid Tensions With China

Both countries maintain a dispute in the South China Sea, an area rich in resources that Beijing claims in its entirety but is also claimed by Vietnam, the Philippines, Malaysia or Brunei.

According to the commander of the seventh US fleet, Vice Admiral Phil Sawyer, military exercises will allow working on common priorities in maritime security in the region.

 

Source: Granma