China and Asean: Big gains from a simple maritime exercise

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One of the most anticipated events on the regional calendar this month has to be the inaugural Asean-China maritime exercise, which aims to enhance trust, confidence and friendship among the navies of the Asean member states and China.

The agreement to conduct this exercise arose from the Asean-China Defence Ministers' Informal Meeting held in Singapore this past February. To be conducted in two phases, the first part of this joint exercise will involve table-top discussions and a scenario-based table-top exercise scheduled to take place in Singapore this month.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on August 03, 2018, with the headline China and Asean: Big gains from a simple maritime exercise. Subscribe