For a combined military drill with the Thai military on Sunday, the Chinese air force is sending fighter jets and bombers to Thailand.
The Chinese Defense Ministry announced in a statement on its website that the training will involve the deployment of small- and large-scale troop forces, air assistance, and strikes on ground targets.
The United States and its allies are frightened by China’s escalating military activities in the Asia-Pacific area, which are part of a growing geopolitical and economic rivalry that has heightened tensions between the two greatest economies in the world.
In an effort to enhance what he called America’s “unparalleled network of allies and partnerships” in the area, U.S. Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin travelled to Thailand in June.
The Udorn Royal Thai Air Force Base in northern Thailand, close to the Laos border, will host the Falcon Strike exercise. Both Thai fighter jets and airborne early warning aircraft will participate.
The training takes place while the United States conducts combat manoeuvres in Indonesia alongside Singapore, Australia, Japan, and Indonesia in the largest Super Garuda Shield exercise since it started in 2009.
As a follow-up to Nancy Pelosi’s visit to the self-governing island, which China claims as its territory, China sent warships, missiles, and aircraft into the waters and the skies near Taiwan in a menacing response.
President Joe Biden’s top Indo-Pacific advisor, Kurt Campbell, declared on Friday that the United States would take decisive action to protect Taiwan, including deploying warships and aircraft through the 160 km (100 mi) wide canal separating Taiwan and China.
“We’ll continue to fly, sail and operate where international law allows, consistent with our longstanding commitment to freedom of navigation,” he said in a call with reporters. “And that includes conducting standard air and maritime transits through the Taiwan Strait in the next few weeks.”
Aryan Jakhar works as an Editor-in-Chief at The Shining Media. Also, he is an editor at YouthPolitician (digital media situated in Taiwan). He writes his opinions on social issues at YouthKiAwaaz and also on his blogger website.