China To Join US Led Naval Event For The First Time

China on Monday confirmed that it will participate for the first time in a major U.S.-hosted naval drill this month, sending four ships including a destroyer and frigate, even as deep military distrust persists between the two countries. Beijing’s agreement to join the drills comes at a moment of heightened tension in the disputed East and South China Seas, and growing unease in the United States over China’s rapid military buildup and its cyber capabilities.

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