Philippine navy personnel stand in formation during a send-off ceremony. Photo: EPA

Drills between US and Asean nations kick off, will extend into South China Sea

  • The first Asean-US Maritime Exercise between the regional bloc and Washington lasts for five days
  • The drills coincide with stepped-up US engagement in the region and tensions between Beijing and Southeast Asian nations
Topic |   Asean

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Philippine navy personnel stand in formation during a send-off ceremony. Photo: EPA
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Military personnel take part in a maritime rescue exercise during the China-Asean Maritime Exercise last year in Zhanjiang, Guangdong province. Photo: Reuters
Collin Koh
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Collin Koh

Should China be worried about the US-Asean sea drill?

  • Scope of the Asean-US Maritime Exercise next week will be limited, to avoid giving Beijing any wrong idea about Southeast Asian countries joining a US-led China-containment scheme
  • But it still sends a political signal about how Southeast Asian nations will approach South China Sea issues with Beijing

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Military personnel take part in a maritime rescue exercise during the China-Asean Maritime Exercise last year in Zhanjiang, Guangdong province. Photo: Reuters
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