UPDATED 10:36 AM PT — Tues. February 13, 2018
More than 6,000 members of the U.S armed forces are in Thailand for the annual Gold Cobra military exercises.
U.S Marines and U.S. Army soldiers are joined by military members from 29 other countries, including Japan, Singapore, Indonesia, and Malaysia.
U.S. relations with Thailand have improved under President Trump.
The U.S. ambassador to Thailand said the drills are about exercising the capabilities of the regional forces, and preparing for threats and disasters.
“We have to be able to operate together, work together, serve interoperably to deal with all manner of crises and natural disasters that occur,” stated Glyn Davies, U.S. Ambassador to Thailand.
The ambassador confirmed the presence of a representative from Myanmar, but insisted the country is not participating in the exercises this year.
Myanmar is accused of human rights violations over its treatment of Rohingya Muslims.