US Indo-Pacific Strategy Short on Trade Incentives, Experts Say

WASHINGTON — A major initiative to strengthen and cement America’s ties with Asia and counterbalance China’s expanding influence lacks robust trade incentives that are viewed as politically perilous in the United States, where protectionist sentiment runs high, experts told VOA. The United States needs to intensify its focus on the Indo-Pacific region because of the “mounting […]

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Thai, US Troops Prepare for Scaled Down ‘Cobra Gold’ Exercises

BANGKOK — An annual joint military exercise between the United States and Thailand will kick off on Sunday on a reduced scale compared to pre-pandemic times, with traditional war games absent from a two-week program of largely humanitarian training drills. “Cobra Gold,” which was launched in 1982, is the world’s longest-running multinational military exercise and serves […]

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