U.S. starts war games near Thai-Cambodian clash, writes Richard S. Ehrlich of The Washington Times.

Thousands of U.S. troops began military exercises with Bangkok’s military on Monday, while a bloody, four-day artillery duel between Thailand and Cambodia flared on their border and a decades-long Muslim insurgency smoldered out of control in the south.

Cobra Gold, which is scheduled to conclude Feb. 18, is one of the world’s biggest multinational, land-based maneuvers. It involves 11,220 people, including 7,200 U.S. service members.

Chinese Xinhua: China, Cambodia seek to strengthen military ties

Cambodia is China’ s good neighbor, friend and partner, China’ s Defense Minister Liang Guanglie told Pol Saroeun, commander-in-chief of the Royal Cambodian Armed Forces.

Liang said recent years have witnessed high-level contacts, a deepening of economic and trade cooperation, productive exchanges in science and technology, and sound growth in military relations between China and Cambodia.

On Monsters and Critics.com: US, China urge restraint in Thai-Cambodian border dispute

Cambodia said its northern border with Thailand was quiet but tense Tuesday after calls for calm from Beijing and Washington following four days of clashes there that left at least seven dead and dozens injured.