Chinese Troops Drill in Hawaii as Military Ties Deepen With U.S.
Chinese troops are set to take part in disaster relief exercises in Hawaii tomorrow, in what China’s state media billed as the first time the country’s soldiers have drilled on U.S. territory.
People’s Liberation Army soldiers will take part in humanitarian assistance drills in Hawaii until Nov. 14 with their U.S. counterparts, simulating relief operations after an earthquake hits a third country, according to a report on the website of the Communist Party’s People’s Daily newspaper.
The drills, which follow a series of naval exercises off Hawaii in September, reflect deepened military ties between the U.S. and China even as they square off over allegations of Chinese military hacking and China’s territorial disputes with U.S. allies Japan and the Philippines.
Chinese ships are set to take part next year in the RIMPAC war games off the Hawaiian coast, multinational exercises that bring together militaries from across the Pacific Rim. While China has observed RIMPAC before, 2014 will mark the first time it’s ever joined the drills.
Even as cooperation intensifies, competition between the two militaries is also on the rise. China’s defense budget has more than doubled since 2006 and last year it commissioned its first aircraft carrier. Still, the U.S. defense budget, the world’s largest, is five times the size of China’s announced military spending.
Chinese Troops Have Landed on U.S. Soil — Drills Ensue
Staff Writer | November 12, 2013 | 6:49pm EST
A total of 680 People’s Liberation Army soldiers from China have already arrived on U.S. territory boasting to Americans several massive naval warships in preparation for this weeks joint China/U.S. humanitarian-assistance drills taking place in the waters off Diamond Head Tuesday.
PEARL HARBOR (INTELLIHUB) — Humanitarian-assistance drills will take place starting Tuesday and continue on through Nov. 17th off the shore of Diamond Head, simulating the relief of a third-world nation after a devastating earthquake. The drills will be held in tandem with joint U.S. naval forces in the South Pacific waters of Hawaii.
While Washington has been selling the exercise as the improvement of foreign our ties with the Chinese, skeptics claim that these drills are an outright violation of the U.S. Constitution. In fact, the Chinese media was said to have reported the event as a first in military history, raising the eyebrows on some Americans and even Veterans just after Veteran’s Day.