Chinese ships participate in the international RIMPAC naval exercises

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A multinational task force with ships from Brunei, Singapore, the People’s Republic of China and the United States transits the Pacific Ocean in formation June 18 during a group sail from Guam to Pearl Harbor. (U.S. Navy/MC2 Brian T. Glunt)

For the first time, Chinese ships will participate in the international RIMPAC naval exercises.

Four Chinese ships will take part in the Hawaii-based RIMPAC international maritime exercise. This year’s RIMPAC will feature participants from 22 nations.

Chinese ships participate in the international RIMPAC naval exercises

Chinese ships participate in the international RIMPAC naval exercises

For the first time, Chinese ships will participate in the international RIMPAC naval exercises.
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It will involve more than 40 surface ships, six submarines, over 200 aircraft, and 25,000 personnel. Hosted by the US Pacific Fleet, RIMPAC is aimed at exploiting collaborative defence efforts that are needed to maintain peace and stability in the Pacific region. The United States and China have dispatched more vessels than any other country. The US has 24 vessels in the exercises. China has sent 4.

This year’s RIMPAC will feature participants from 22 nations.

This year’s RIMPAC will feature participants from 22 nations.

China will be represented at RIMPAC by the Haikou (a missile destroyer), the Yueyang (a missile frigate), the Qiandaohu (a supply ship), and the Peace Ark (a hospital ship)

China will be represented at RIMPAC by the Haikou (a missile destroyer), the Yueyang (a missile frigate), the Qiandaohu (a supply ship), and the Peace Ark (a hospital ship)

China will be represented at RIMPAC by the Haikou (a missile destroyer), the Yueyang (a missile frigate), the Qiandaohu (a supply ship), and the Peace Ark (a hospital ship). 1,100 Chinese officers and soldiers will take part in the drill, including a diving squad and a commando unit.

This is also the first time that medical ships have joined the drill. One is the Mercy from the US, the other is the Peace Ark from China.

The Chinese Defense Ministry has also commented on China’s participation in RIMPAC.
CCTV’s Han Bin followed the Chinese squadron before they left China.

China resolves to contribute to regional security via RIMPAC

China resolves to contribute to regional security via RIMPAC

The Chinese Defense Ministry has also commented on China's participation in RIMPAC. CCTV's Han Bin followed the Chinese squadron before they left China, and joins us live from Beijing.
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Jia Xiudong, the Senior Research Fellow at the China Institute of International Studies, joined CCTV’s discussion on the China-US military relationship.

Interview Jia Xiudong on RIMPAC

Interview Jia Xiudong on RIMPAC

Jia Xiudong, the Senior Research Fellow at the China Institute of International Studies, joined CCTV's discussion on the China-US military relationship.
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CCTV also spoke to Bonnie Glaser for a US perspective on RIMPAC and China-US military cooperation. She worked in both the Pentagon and at the State Department here in Washington. She’s currently senior adviser for Asia at the Center for Strategic and International Studies.

Interview with Bonnie Glaser on RIMPAC

Interview with Bonnie Glaser on RIMPAC

CCTV also spoke to Bonnie Glaser for a US perspective on RIMPAC and China-US military cooperation. She worked in both the Pentagon and at the State Department here in Washington. She's currently senior adviser for Asia at the Center for Strategic and International Studies.
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Read more on RIMPAC 2014: http://www.cpf.navy.mil/rimpac/2014/