South Korea will join the military exercises in Australia and the US for the first time in July


The South Korean government has confirmed this Monday that it will join in July for the first time in history the joint military exercises carried out by Australia and the United States, biennial exercises called ‘Talisman Saber’.

The exercises, considered an important symbol of the alliance between the two countries, will take place next July, but will have fewer troops due to the coronavirus pandemic.

About 17,000 troops will be part of the maneuvers, which will take about 2,000 people to enter Australia, where they will have to remain in quarantine for 14 days, as explained by the Australian Army in a statement.

South Korea, for its part, will send 200 troops and a destroyer. “We will be part of the exercise this year for the first time in history, with the aim of improving our capabilities when carrying out joint operations,” said Boo Seun Chan, Defense spokesman.

The country had already participated as an observer in 2019. This year, France, India and Indonesia will be the observer countries, according to information from the Yonhap news agency.

While the exercise is not targeted at a specific country, many consider that the countries involved are seeking to send a clear message to the Chinese government. “Our position on the exercise is clear. It is not directed at any specific country and we only seek to improve our capabilities,” the South Korean spokesman insisted.

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