The US Army’s Pacific focus will shift from Korea scenarios to China-based exercises (Image: GETTY)
The exercise will see a division-sized force move the South China Sea in 2020. They are likely to partner with the Philippines and Thailand, The Diplomat reported. The Commander of US Army forces in the Pacific, General Robert Brown, told Defense News: “They will get the challenge of coming to the Pacific with the Pacific-assigned forces already there.
“We won’t go to Korea, we will actually go to a South China Sea scenario where we will be around the South China Sea; and another scenario we can do that is the East China Sea.”
The US Army currently has 85,000 troops permanently stationed in the Indo-Pacific region.
They are currently conducting exercised such as Pacific Pathways with allies and partners in order to practice rapid deployment from the US to the Pacific.
The exercise is reportedly sparked by China’s rising defence as the US sees