US forces joint military drills in Indonesia as tensions rise in Taiwan.

Commanding general of the US Army Pacific, Charles A. Flynn, pledged in Indonesia on Wednesday to uphold a "free and open" Indo-Pacific, after presiding over the opening ceremony of a joint military drill with the Southeast Asian nation.

Named the ‘Super Garuda Shield’, it is the biggest military training exercise ever hosted by the two countries. At least 5,000 troops from 14 countries, including Australia, Japan and South Korea are participating, according to the Indonesian military.

The military drills, which run from August 1 to 14, are taking place amidst heightened tensions in East Asia with U.S House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi visiting Taiwan despite furious objections from Beijing.

Flynn declined to answer questions related to Pelosi’s trip in a news conference following the opening ceremony.

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