China has sent four military vessels, including missile destroyer Haikou, to Hawaii for the Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) multinational naval exercise that began on Thursday, sending a signal that it is keen to promote military cooperation with the US, Ta Kung Pao reported Friday.
The US-led naval exercise will be held for five weeks until August 1, with the participation of 47 vessels, over 200 aircraft and 25,000 military officers from 23 countries, including South Korea and India. The large-scale exercise has been held near Hawaii twice a year since 1971.
The latest event marks the first time that China has participated in the exercise. Chinese navy will take part in seven programs, including artillery practice, sea security operations, and military medical exchanges.
China’s presence at the exercise will have a positive effect on Sino-US relations, according to some observers.
Beijing-based military commentator Liu Jiangping told Ta Kung Pao that the Sino-US cooperation at the exercise is more than a symbolic move. It represents a material improvement in the military relationship between the two countries, he said.
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