U.S. forces have conducted around 70 military drills this month around the world.
The latest is a joint drill with the Philippines in Southeast Asia. The live-fire activity kicked off on Friday, at the Philippines’ largest military base.
It’s part of annual joint exercises between the two countries. This year, over 3,000 soldiers took part, highlighting improved ties between the two militaries.
The drills come on the heels of another development: the Philippines granting Washington access to more of its military bases.
The move angered Beijing, as the Philippines is seen as a key partner in the geopolitical rivalry between the United States and China.