Regional defence ties strengthened as Exercise Bersama Shield wraps up

Members of the Five Power Defence Arrangements (FPDA) have improved their ability to work together during Exercise Bersama Shield 17. From 26 April to 9 May 2017, Australia, Malaysia, Singapore, New Zealand and the United Kingdom conducted the exercise in international waters, off the coast of Malaysia as part of the longest standing multilateral arrangement in South East Asia.

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Thailand buys Chinese submarines

Thailand has bought the first of three submarines from China in the strongest signal yet the military-ruled country is reducing reliance on its long-time ally, the United States, Fairfax Media reports.

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