What it should have been

Philippine and US soldiers, along with visiting military attache members, at the opening ceremony of the annual joint 11-day Balikatan (Shoulder-to-Shoulder) military exercise in Manila, on April 4, 2016.
Philippine and US soldiers, along with visiting military attache members, at the opening ceremony of the annual joint 11-day Balikatan (Shoulder-to-Shoulder) military exercise in Manila, on April 4, 2016. PHOTO: AFP

Two reports on Tuesday and Monday, "US and Philippine troops start 12-day joint drills" and "Vietnam seizes Chinese ship near South China Sea in rare move", wrongly stated that Singapore was an observer in the Balikatan exercises last year and this year. Mindef has clarified that Singapore did not participate in the exercises as an observer last year and this year.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on April 07, 2016, with the headline 'What it should have been'. Print Edition | Subscribe