Bangkok Post



The US military has cancelled largescale exercises involving thousands of troops in the Philippine­s in May due to the “extraordin­ary circumstan­ces” of the coronaviru­s pandemic, said Adm Phil Davidson, head of the US Indo-Pacific Command. The Balikatan 2020 war games, scheduled to be held from May 4-15, usually involve several thousand troops from the two longstandi­ng allies and a smaller contingent from Australia. The US troops who take part in Balikatan (Shoulder to Shoulder) usually come from its bases in Japan and South Korea.

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