USA disinvites China from major military exercise

Chinese destroyer

Earlier this month China deployed anti-ship cruise missiles and surface-to-air missiles on the disputed Spratly Islands off the Philippine coast, CNBC reported, citing sources close to United States intelligence. President Donald Trump said Wednesday that he was not satisfied with talks aimed at averting a trade war with China.

"China is only building civilian and some necessary defense facilities on our own islands", he said.

Logan added that Xi had broken a promise he made to the worldwide community that China would not militarise the Spratly Islands.

From there, the long-range H-6K bomber could cover much of the South China Sea - through which up to one-third of global trade passes - as well as Southeast Asia and even northern Australia. "This move sends a strong signal (to Beijing) that its reckless behavior in the South China Sea carries with it real consequences". 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.

Last week, China for the first time released video of a nuclear-capable bomber landing on Woody Island in the disputed South China Sea.

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The U.S. military calls RimPac the world's largest global maritime exercise and says it "helps participants foster and sustain the cooperative relationships critical to ensuring the safety of sea lanes and security on the world's oceans".

Nevertheless, the USA does not recognize Chinese claims to the nearby Spratly Islands.

Pentagon officials have long complained that China has been using South China Sea islands to gather intelligence and that China has not been candid enough about its rapid military buildup in the region. "China's continued militarisation of disputed features in the South China Sea only serve to raise tensions and destabilise the region".

The statement also did not mention China's use of a laser against USA pilots flying near Beijing's first overseas military base in the east African state of Djibouti. Since 1972, the USA has recognized China as the sole legitimate government, but has offered arms to Taiwan. More than 1,000 military personnel from 27 countries will take part.

The Chinese destroyer Haikou participates in RIMPAC 2014.

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Amidst Beijing's ever-increasing military aggression, the United States has disinvited China from participating in an annual USA -led global military exercise scheduled to take place next month in the Pacific Ocean.

China will not allow exchange programs to be used to coerce it into giving up its "inherent rights" in the South China Sea, according to a Foreign Ministry spokesperson Thursday. "China's behaviour is inconsistent with the principles and purposes of the RIMPAC exercise".

"We hope the USA will change such a negative mindset".

China has not yet publicly responded to its expulsion from RIMPAC.

"When objectively examined there is scant empirical proof that navy-to-navy engagement with the PRC has changed or will change their behavior", Fanell stated in a U.S. Naval Institute article in July. As Mr. Davidson suggested, the United States would be unable to reverse that dominion short of a almost unthinkable war.

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But given that no one has offered any evidence for such an outlandish scenario, it seems not to be rooted in fact at this point. That action could potentially force senior officials in the department to consider whether to remain in their positions.

For instance, we may see the United States not only increase its already considerable presence in the South China Sea, but engage in bilateral exercises with regional partners and allies more frequently.

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