Saturday, October 30, 2010

China And Thailand In Joint Military Exercises

Chinese Train With Thai Forces For First Time -- Washington Times

BANGKOK | China is expanding its military reach by sending, for the first time, a marine unit of the People's Liberation Army (PLA) to train with another country in an upcoming exercise with Thailand's armed forces.

The U.S. and other nations will be eyeing the China-Thailand exercise, which began Tuesday and is scheduled to run through Nov. 14 in and around the Sattahip Naval Base near Bangkok on the Gulf of Thailand, as Beijing seeks to secure its access south to strategic sea lanes amid a spate of recent disputes between China and its Asian neighbors.

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More News On This Joint China - Thai Military Exercise

China Sends the Marines to Thailand -- Asia Sentinel
Chinese marine officers arrive in Thailand for joint military drill -- Isria
Chinese and Thai marines conduct joint training -- Defpro
China Sends in the Marines to Thailand -- Scoop (New Zealand)
China’s backyard, America’s military playground -- Global Post

My Comment:
This is the first time that Chinese marines have conducted joint exercises with foreign forces outside China .... and yes .... Chinese marines in Thailand is surprising news to me.

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