China, Thai­land start joint mil­i­tary ex­er­cise

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Thai and Chi­nese ma­rine corps held an open­ing cer­e­mony for a joint mil­i­tary ex­er­cise co­de­named Blue Strike 2016. The open­ing cer­e­mony, held at Sat­tahip Naval Base, Chon Buri prov­ince, was presided over by Royal Thai Navy Fleet Com­man­der Naris Prathum­suwan and Wang Hai, deputy com­man­der of Chi­nese Navy.

The joint ex­er­cise in­cludes joint train­ing at sea and on land, evac­u­at­ing peo­ple from con­flict-af­fected ar­eas and dis­as­ter re­lief in counter-ter­ror­ism oc­ca­sions. Mr Wang said the drill man­i­fests the per­se­ver­ance and abil­ity of ma­rine corps from both countries in coun­tert­er­ror­ism and main­tain­ing peace in the re­gion and the world. Com­man­der Naris said the drill would help boost the long-stand­ing re­la­tion­ship be­tween Thai­land and China and the ex­er­cise was aimed at in­creas­ing co­op­er­a­tion be­tween the two forces by shar­ing prac­ti­cal knowl­edge and ex­pe­ri­ences.

The mil­i­tary drill is the third one of its kind, fol­low­ing the Blue Strike 2010 and Blue Strike 2012 joint train­ing ex­er­cises. Dur­ing the open­ing cer­e­mony, marines also gave per­for­mances as a way of ex­change. Chi­nese marines pre­sented kung fu while their Thai coun­ter­parts per­formed Muay Thai.

Chi­nese marines take part in the open­ing cer­e­mony for a joint mil­i­tary ex­er­cise in Sat­tahip Naval Base, Chon Buri prov­ince, Thai­land.

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