Tuesday, February 17, 2015
Both the Thai and Chinese militaries are participating. The Thai junta -- keen to bolster strategic cooperation with Beijing and to attract Chinese infrastructure investment -- has made much of Chinese participation in the exercise, to the consternation of Japan and Thailand's long-standing treaty ally the United States. Beijing, for its part, seeks to build alliances in South-east Asia and capitalise on Thailand's market and investment opportunities.
- US firms are unlikely to be marginalised in the Thai market, even though their presence in Thailand is limited.
- Security relations will dominate US-Thai relations for the foreseeable future.
- Japan will continue to boost security relations with South-east Asian partners.