The United States has started military exercises in the Pacific Ocean, right in the midst of warnings from China sparked by the visit of Speaker Nancy Pelosi.
In a sign of further strengthening of mutual ties amid China’s increasing military activities in the Indo-Pacific region, the US and Indonesia on Wednesday began an annual joint military exercise in the island of Sumatra, in which other countries also participated for the first time. The US embassy in Jakarta said in a statement that more than 5,000 soldiers from the US, Indonesia, Australia, Japan and Singapore are taking part in this military exercise this year.
This military exercise was started from 2009. Since then till now this year maximum number of jawans are participating in it. The goal of this military exercise is to strengthen mutual cooperation, capability and trust during any operation and in support of a free and independent Indo-Pacific, the statement said.
Military exercise will continue till August 14
General Charles Flynn, commanding ‘US Army Pacific’, said, “It is a symbol of the engagement of the US and Indonesia and the growing relationship between the forces of this important region.” Flynn and Indonesian Army Chief General Andika Parakasa began a joint exercise in Baturaja in South Sumatra province, which will run until August 14, and is being attended by the Army, Navy, Air Force and Marines.
China threatens US over Nancy Pelosi’s visit to Taiwan
The exercise comes at a time when China’s Defense Ministry warned on Tuesday night that US House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s visit to Taiwan would have a “serious impact” on bilateral ties as it would “severely” threaten peace and stability in the region. significantly weakens. Its state media said the military would launch targeted operations in response to his visit.