US cancels major Philippines war games due to virus

The Business Times | Mar 27, 2020 at 12:00 AM
  • The US military has cancelled large-scale exercises involving thousands of troops in the Philippines in May due to the coronavirus pandemic.
  • The war games, set to be held in the Philippines on May 4-15 according to the US military statement, usually involve several thousand troops from the two longstanding allies and a smaller contingent from Australia.
  • The US troops who take part in Balikatan (Shoulder to Shoulder) usually come from its bases in Japan and South Korea, which have both been hit hard by the virus.