Absence of PLAN Will Not Dent RIMPAC, Say US Navy Leaders

The absence of the Chinese People’s Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) at the Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) exercise will not adversely affect the success of the multi-national training manoeuvres, senior US Navy (USN) officials have asserted. Addressing media at the start of the 26th iteration of the biennial RIMPAC exercise on 28 June, the Commander of...

The absence of the Chinese People’s Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) at the Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) exercise will not adversely affect the success of the multi-national training manoeuvres, senior US Navy (USN) officials have asserted.

Addressing media at the start of the 26th iteration of the biennial RIMPAC exercise on 28 June, the Commander of the US Navy’s Pacific Fleet, Admiral John C Aquilino, described how ongoing PLAN activities in the South China Sea continued to directly oppose the values of US and other exercise participants across the Indo-Pacific region.

China’s official invitation to join RIMPAC was withdrawn in May following ongoing activities to militarise artificial islands in the South China Sea, US Department of Defense (DoD) officials confirmed to Jane’s .

Source: www.janes.com