The Chinese Navy will participate in the U.S. Navy’s Rim of the Pacific exercises in Hawaii next year, marking the first time that China will send ships and troops to the multinational war games.
The U.S. Navy’s Third Fleet in San Diego runs the biennial event, and last year five San Diego warships attended.
China’s involvement is an about-face from the last round of RIMPAC, in 2012. Back then, China wasn’t invited, and Chinese media outlets were cool to the naval exercises.
One story in an English-language Chinese newspaper said, “The exercise is nothing but a big party held by the U.S., which is in a melancholy state of mind due to difficult realities.”
Full article: China Will Join U.S. Navy War Games in Pacific Next Year (U-T San Diego)