US, Asian nations conduct drill in Thailand

The United States and several Asian countries have conducted an annual large-scale joint drill in Thailand, in an apparent show of strength amid rising Chinese influence in the region.

Exercise Cobra Gold, co-sponsored by the US and Thailand, was held for the first time since US President Joe Biden took office and ran from August 3 to 13.

Participating personnel were mainly from seven countries, including the US, Thailand, Japan and Indonesia. But their numbers have not been disclosed.

The US Embassy in Thailand said service members took thorough measures against the coronavirus, such as temperature checks and face coverings.

Officials said participating teams conducted training on landmine disposal and cybersecurity, but a large-scale landing exercise was canceled this year.

US Embassy Charge d'Affaires Michael Heath said the nations' ability to execute the drill in a safe manner is a testament to the strength of their security and health partnerships.