US, China Open to Joint Sea Drills With Asean, Singapore Says – Bloomberg

The U.S. and China were both open to joining separate maritime drills with Southeast Asian nations as early as next year, Singapore Defense Minister Ng Eng Hen said.

Speaking on the sidelines of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations defense ministers meeting in the Philippines, Ng said Tuesday that China Defense Minister Chang Wanquan and U.S. Defense Secretary James Mattis both welcomed the chance to participate, Ng said after meeting separately with Chang and Mattis.

“We’ll work out the details,” Ng said. “We will find a suitable area that Asean and China navies can exercise together.”


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