CHINA TO JOIN US-LED NAVAL DRILL

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BEIJING: China has confirmed it will participate in a major US-organized naval drill for the first time, official media said on Monday, amid heightened distrust between the two military powers. The Chinese navy will participate in the Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) multinational naval exercises, the military’s official People’s Liberation Army Daily reported. China is embroiled in a series of rows with its neighbors in the East and South China Sea that have caused concern in Washington, which closely monitors Beijing’s rapid military rise. The PLA Daily report quoted navy spokesman Liang Yang as saying it was the first time that China would participate in the joint maritime exercise.

AFP

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