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Xinhua News Agency
February 8, 2012

What is the purpose of Cobra Gold?
By Yang Dingdu

From last year’s Cobra Gold

BANGKOK: Visit the official website of US Pacific Command ( and “Presence with a Purpose” will jump to your eyes. In big crimson font and high on the page, the catchy phrase begs the question: what is the purpose?

To some Chinese people and analysts, the purpose of the ongoing Cobra Gold 2012 exercise, US Pacific Command’s (USPACOM) presence in Thailand, is to flex their muscles at the doorstep of China.

The exercise involves countries that have territorial disputes with China over the South China Sea and their supporters. The event complicates regional security, said Major General Luo Yuan, deputy secretary general of the China Association for Military Science.

At Tuesday’s opening ceremony, Judith Beth Cefkin, deputy chief of Mission at the U.S. Embassy to Thailand, called Cobra Gold…

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