Chinese Navy to Participate in 2014 RIMPAC Naval Drill
China confirmed its attendance at US' Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) multinational naval exercises, later this month, People's Liberation Army revealed, Xinhua agency reports.
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Liang Yang, navy spokesman, said that the Chinese navy will participate in the joint maritime exercise organized by the US navy. The Chinese forces will include a missile destroyer, a missile frigate, a supplier ship, a hospital ship and two vessel-carried helicopters, a special battle force and a diving force, reports the Press trust of India.
The Rim of the Pacific exercise is the world's largest international maritime exercise, in which 22 nations and more than 40 ships and submarines participated in 2012, Reuters reports. All participants are not treaty allies with the U.S. Russia and India also participated last year. However, China has never taken part in the naval drill.
According to the official report, a medical forum will be held for the Chinese and the U.S sides, "with visits to each other's ships." The event is scheduled for mid-June near the U.S Pacific island of Guam.
Tensions between the two countries have escalated in the past few months due to the disputed East and South China Seas. Apart from that, the U.S criticized China for its rapid military build-up and cyber snoopings. The Chinese Defence Ministry, last week, condemned the Pentagon for a report which quoted China's true military spending to have had exceeded $145 billion last year. The estimate is 20 percent higher than the official Chinese figure, Press TV reports.