Latest News:  
Beijing   Sunny    21 / 12 ℃  City Forecast


U.S. open to inviting Myanmar to observe war game


15:01, October 20, 2012

WASHINGTON, Oct. 19 (Xinhua) -- The U.S. Defense Department is open to considering a Thai request to allow Myanmar's military officers to observe a joint military exercise, Pentagon Press Secretary George Little said here on Friday.

In a sign of thawing relations between the United States and Myanmar, Little said that Thailand, which hosts the Cobra Gold 2013 joint exercise, is in consultation with Washington on whether to invite up to three officers from Myanmar to observe portions of the annual event.

If the invitation is extended, the Myanmar observers will participate in the humanitarian assistance/disaster response and military medical portions of the exercise.

Cobra Gold is a Thai-led exercise and also the largest Asia- based war game the United States participates in. Around 6,900 U.S. service members participated in Cobra Gold 2012, held in February.

The exercise has two sets of observers. The first category is called multinational planning augmentation teams, which include nations like Singapore, Japan, the Republic of Korea, Malaysia and Indonesia.

If invited, Myanmar would fall into the second category, known as coalition observer liaison teams. In the 2012 exercise, the participating coalition observer liaison teams came from Brunei, China, the Netherlands, Laos, New Zealand, Russia, South Africa, Sri Lanka and the United Arab Emirates.

Most viewed commentaries

World News in Photo
Lovely twins all over the world The oddest animal rights protests Lost Paradise: Degraded wetlands in Kenya
Zero distance to N. Korea’s modern life Endeavour moves to final resting place N. Korea's top leader Kim enjoys concert


Leave your comment0 comments

  1. Name


Selections for you

  1. Weekly review of military photos

  2. Chinese conducts exercise in East China Sea

  3. Astronomy pictures of the week

  4. Same-sex wedding performed in Fujian Province

  5. Naked truth challenges values

  6. Zhejiang Real Estate Expo kicks off

  7. 14th Shanghai International Arts Festival

  8. Panda cub at San Diego Zoo

Most Popular


  1. Blessed are those who are happy
  2. Experts on touch-and-go landing on the Liaoning
  3. There is no justification for street violence
  4. Tokyo shrine visit angers neighbors
  5. BRICS can build optimism
  6. Rich list shines a light on China’s shifting economy
  7. Indigenous industry key to change
  8. Miners must break ground overseas
  9. 2nd US debate sees candidates flex China muscle
  10. New road rule marks first step to orderly society

What’s happening in China

Man gets life sentence for stabbing doctors

  1. Two surrogacy services raided
  2. Beijing prepares to get smart
  3. Chinese telecom fraud gang busted, 86 arrests
  4. Overweight people promote plus-size fashion
  5. Chinese life expectancy to hit 75.8 years by 2015