Cobra Gold

Last Modified: Sun Feb 19 2017 08:22:00 GMT+0530 (India Standard Time)
  • 35 years
    “Cobra Gold” - the largest multilateral military exercise in Asia that America has been co-hosting with Thailand since 1982—long before China’s rise and irrespective of Thailand’s position as a democracy or dictatorship.
  • 10,000
    + troops take part; 29 countries participate or observe.
  • 10 day
    exercise began on 14 Feb this year (2017). America will use the occasion to urge its Asian allies to steer clear of China and block its interests. But junta-ruled Thailand has been playing hard to get, its relationship with China warming and that with America increasingly resembling a marriage based on memories of a happier past.