USA disinvites China from participating in annual maritime exercises in the Pacific

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The United States on Wednesday disinvited China from participating in annual maritime exercises in the Pacific in protest against Beijing's militarisation of the South China Sea, AFP reported.

The Rim of the Pacific exercise, known as RIMPAC, is billed as the world's largest worldwide maritime exercise, held every two years in Hawaii in June and July, and China has attended previously.

Earlier this month the United States said it had raised concerns with China about its latest militarization of the South China Sea and said there would be near-term and long-term consequences.

"We find that a very unconstructive move", Wang Yi told reporters in Washington after meeting with US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo. -China relations. Washington and Beijing are engaged in negotiations aimed at averting a trade war. RIMPAC 2018 is the 26th such exercise.

Pentagon's decision was immediately hailed by many who have always been critical of China's inclusion in the RIMPAC. This year's exercise is slated to run from June 27 through August 2.

Those islands, which China has enlarged and occupied in recent years, are subject to competing claims from several countries, including Malaysia, Vietnam and the Philippines.

Quoting ImageSat International, the Fox report says that China may be deploying HQ-9 surface-to-air missiles on Woody Island, although camouflage nets made it hard to confirm their presence.


Last year, China warned an American warship, the guided-missile destroyer Dewey, to leave waters it claims in the South China Sea. Its government says that such action does not constitute a militarization of the islands, which Beijing considers to be Chinese territory and therefore it can not militarize land it already owns. The biannual exercise is organized by U.S. Pacific Command and involves naval forces from multiple Asian countries.

The exclusion of the Chinese navy from the RIMPAC is expected to coerce China into reversing the militarization in these areas; thereby giving them a chance to not violate all the peace promises made by President Xi Jinping.

China could create an air defence identification zone to spot incursions into its claimed sovereign airspace, something it did in the East China Sea in 2013 amid a dispute over the Senkaku islands with Japan, Choong said. China has always been accused of building artificial land masses in that region, which is also claimed by the Philippines, Taiwan, Vietnam and Malaysia, and placing military assets there. -China military-to-military contacts, which are both broad and deep without the PLAN's participation in the multilateral exercise.

The trial deployment of nuclear-capable H-6K bombers to Woody Island has important strategic significance for China.

While not addressing the rescinded invitation directly, Pompeo said the US has "expressed consistent concern about militarization of the South China Sea".

China's de facto takeover of islets claimed by several other countries, including US ally the Philippines, and its construction of a military capacity to control vital global sea lanes represent a failure of more than one administration.

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