The Philippines and the United States will lead joint maneuvers amid the escalating waters of the South China Sea. Just a few days ago, two attack groups of US Navy aircraft carriers conducted maneuvers in the presence of the Chinese aircraft carrier. Meanwhile, the image of the Chinese aircraft carrier taken from an American warship is also going very viral on social media. The Philippines and the United States conduct a military exercise called Balikatan every year, but it was canceled last year due to the corona virus outbreak.
The armies of the two countries will conduct a joint exercise
Philippine Army Lt. Gen. Cirlito Sobjana said the South China Sea will conduct a Balikatan maneuver with the US military for the next two weeks. Meanwhile, the armies of both countries will learn the ropes of counterinsurgency and relief and rescue operations. Explain that the United States also has a military base in the Philippines. It is said that 700 American soldiers and 1,300 Filipino soldiers will take part in this exercise.
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Two days earlier, US Defense Minister Lloyd Austin had had a telephone conversation with Filipino Defense Minister Dallin Lorenzana. After that, the two countries announced a joint exercise. According to the Pentagon, the two leaders have had intense discussions over rising tensions in the South China Sea and the threat posed by China’s man-made islands. Apart from this, the two countries also agreed to increase gasoline consumption in this area.
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