China confirms participation in naval drill in Pacific

China has confirmed it will send military vessels to participate in a multinational naval drill in the Pacific, a spokesperson said on Thursday.

“The United States has offered an official invitation to China to join in the RIMPAC-2016 joint exercise, and China has confirmed it will send military ships to take part in the drill,” Foreign Ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying said at a regular news briefing.

“China and the U.S. are in close communication and coordination,” Hua said.

As an open, progressing country and with friendly policies to its neighbors, China has expanded its circle of friends, Hua said.

The U.S.-led RIMPAC, starting in 1971, is the world’s largest multinational maritime military exercise, involving some 20 countries every two years. China participated in the drill for the first time in 2014 with four military ships and about 1,100 soldiers on board.

Xinhua

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