|(File photo) Two MV-22 Osprey tilt-rotor aircrafts is seen during the Cobra Gold exercise in Sukhothai, Thailand, Feb. 21, 2013. The 11-day multinational military exercise ended on Feb. 21, 2013. About 13,000 servicemen from seven countries participated in the Cobra Gold exercise, including those from Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, Japan, South Korea, the United States and Thailand. (Xinhua/Gao Jianjun)|
The Cobra Gold 2014 military exercise, set to open on Feb. 11 in Thailand's Phitsanulok, will involve forces from eight countries in a range of drills. China has sent troops to attend the multilateral military exercise for the first time, said the Chinese Ministry of National Defense on Monday.
Seventeen Chinese soldiers, mainly from the Guangzhou Military Area Command, will participate in humanitarian relief drills.
The Chinese squad will take part in operations at the command and coordination center, engineering assistance, medical aid as well as discussions and exchanges of military medical sciences, according to officers with the foreign affairs office of the ministry.