China announced Sunday that it will conduct joint military exercises this month with five member countries of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) focusing on counterterrorism and maritime security.
The “Aman Youyi 2023” exercise will take place from mid- to late November off the coast of Zhanjiang in South China’s Guangdong province, according to a statement from China’s Ministry of National Defense.
ASEAN members Malaysia, Thailand, Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos will take part in the exercise.
The exercise aims to enhance counter-terrorism and anti-piracy capabilities in urban and maritime settings among participating countries for regional peace and stability.
The Aman Youyi exercise was initiated by China and Malaysia. Following an inaugural tabletop combat scenario exercise in the Malaysian capital Kuala Lumpur in 2014, Malaysia hosted field exercises in 2015 and 2016.
This year, China will host the 5th edition of the exercises, and Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos will participate for the first time.
Source : aa