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While ASEAN Diplomats Converge in Jakarta, Major Powers Conduct Joint Military Exercises Across Southeast Asia

U.S. and Australian army forces train with Indonesian troops as part of Super Garuda 2023 (TOP) while Japan, the U.S. and the Philippines conduct joint naval drills (LOWER LEFT) and Chinese marines participate in week-long exercises with Thai forces as part of Blue Strike 2023 (LOWER RIGHT).

Whether by coincidence or design, three Southeast Asian countries launched high-profile joint military exercises this week with various major powers while leaders from these countries met in Jakarta for the ongoing ASEAN summit.

On Sunday, the Chinese and Thai navies kicked off the annual Blue Strike 2023 joint exercises that includes a number of advanced Chinese warships, submarines and hundreds of troops.

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