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Thailand and US launch annual Cobra Gold military exercise

AP  |  Bangkok 

and the have hosted the opening ceremony for the annual Gold exercise, the biggest activity of its type in the region with 29 nations taking part as participants or observers.

Seven nations in addition to and the are active participants: Singapore, Japan, China, India, Indonesia, and

The diplomatic mission in Thailand, Peter Haymond, said at the ceremony Tuesday in northern that the aim of the exercise, first held in 1982, is to strengthen cooperation and inter-operability.

There are three major components of the exercise, which ends February 22: field training, humanitarian assistance and disaster relief training.

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First Published: Tue, February 12 2019. 15:40 IST