Trump Shuns Xi As US Uninvites China From World's Largest Naval Exercise

In the latest sign that contrary to the official rhetoric, tensions between the US and China are in fact escalating as China reaffirms its dominance of contested territory in the South China Sea (see "China Releases Footage Of Bombers Landing On Disputed Island For The First Time") the US has disinvited China from the Pacific Rim Military Exercises, the Pentagon told AFP.

According to Inside Defense, the US military revoked the invitation because of Beijing's aggressive actions in the South China Sea, which have recently included reports that it quietly installed "defensive" missiles capable of striking US territory in the Spratly Islands. More than 20 countries, 40 ships, 200 aircraft and 25,000 personnel are expected to participate in the exercises.

As the WSJ notes, China’s inclusion in the previous two Rimpac exercises was among the most tangible results of an effort by both sides since late 2010 to stabilize military ties that had often been interrupted by China over American arms sales to Taiwan.

The U.S. decision to revoke the invitation is likely to heighten tensions between Beijing and Washington amid fraught negotiations that aim to avoid a trade war.

“I think throwing them out of Rimpac would be a major political statement,” said a Senate staff member who follows the issue closely.

The US said it has "strong evidence" that China deployed anti-ship missiles, surface to air missiles and electronic jammers in contested parts of the Spratlys. The US called on China to remove the items.

"The United States is committed to a free and open Indo-Pacific," the Pentagon states. "China's behavior is inconsistent with the principles and purposes of the RIMPAC exercise."

The Pentagon asserts it has "strong evidence" that China has deployed anti-ship missiles, surface-to-air missile systems and electronic jammers to contested areas in the Spratly Islands region of the South China Sea.

"China's landing of bomber aircraft at Woody Island has also raised tensions," according to the Pentagon, referencing China's largest military outpost in the South China Sea.

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"We have called on China to remove the military systems immediately and to reverse course on the militarization of disputed South China Sea features," the Pentagon states. "We believe these recent deployments and the continued militarization of these features is a violation of the promise that President Xi made to the United States and the world not to militarize the Spratly Islands."

The decision also comes as trade negotiations between the US and China are apparently unraveling, with President Trump telling the US not to expect a deal right away.

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Meanwhile, China says its developments on the islands are only meant to "ensure safety at sea, navigation assistance, search and rescue, fisheries protection, and other non-military functions the placement of these weapon systems is only for military use," according to the Pentagon.

China recently carried out its largest live fire drills in the Strait of Taiwan in years.

China's first appearance at RIMPAC was back in 2014. The drills are typically held in the summer.

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BrownCoat espirit Wed, 05/23/2018 - 18:19 Permalink

If China showed up? Unlikely there would be an allied 'live fire drill' as the PRC used to intimidate Taiwan.

It is very likely China will show up to watch. China may try to interrupt the exercises. If China disrupts the exercises, it would provide valuable intel... to see their tactics. Think how slow the US was to realize container ships were intentionally ramming its boats. Even after years of China using fishing vessels (with reinforced hulls) to ram foreign boats.

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PrayingMantis Looney Wed, 05/23/2018 - 13:31 Permalink

 

   ... Trump didn’t like the recent headlines saying he “folded” talking trade with Xi ...

 

... meanwhile, look who’s saber-rattling while in Japan ...

“ ... Lieberman: Iran, Syria and North Korea Are New 'Axis of Evil' ... “

 ... the last remaining countries without a Rothschild-owned central bank (well, Cuba has a hybrid-system, but technically, they’re the 4th w/o a Red Shield CB ) ...

               ..... >>> https://www.haaretz.com/1.5119417 ...

 

... now, does it mean NK would be next to be missiled by an Israhell submarine? ... and was this why Bibi Mileikowsky went “bunkers” to plan the attack on the axis? ... well, who knows ... the “crooked nose” knows ... 

        (and btw, was LIEberman in Japan to seek a deal with Emperor Hirohito’s hillbillies to service Israhell’s submarines while preparing for Bibi’s attack signal?)

 

... and it looks like Rothschild’s stooge, Emperor TANgerine, is trying to provoke Emperor China Sea Xi, ‘cause Mileikowsky might be planning another Khazarian Chaos, but this time, at China Xi’s doorstep ... 

 

   ... when will Trump declare America’s independence from Rothschild and his banksters? ... who “nose” ... 

 

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Zhaupka Wed, 05/23/2018 - 12:56 Permalink

PSYOPS: The United States is building, over the years, a Modern Siege Engine around China and Russia. [Insert particulars here: Rockets with Bombs, installing NG Ship Terminals as offshore gas backup, etc.]. When the United States Modern Siege Engine is completed the United States Siege Engine around China and Russia is activated. Few hundred years ago, people in Castles watched (as Russians and Chinese are doing today) as the enemy built Siege around them. Then the activated Siege Engine slowly starved them with less food, water, and materials. QED.

r0mulus Kayman Wed, 05/23/2018 - 13:39 Permalink

Yea but who is going to do anything about it?
Can the US actually do anything about it short of threatening nuclear warfare?
Chinese economic power is going to seep in through the cracks and take control of all of it over there, regardless.

Meanwhile the US is hopelessly distracted, fucking about in the ME, playing big brother to Israel and Saudi Arabia's regional ambitions. Could have had a alliance of secular Baathist states as our allies, but instead we destroyed nearly all of them to pursue radical theocracies as allies instead, and now we're spread thin around the world, in bed with a bunch of medieval extremists. China must be licking their lips looking at our sorry board-state.

Turns out the torture-fetish-ists that are running our Defense establishment are fucking terrible chess players too. It's an embarrassment.

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zoghead Wed, 05/23/2018 - 13:45 Permalink

Sorry China, only we the (high and mighty )USA is allowed to place bombers, missiles, troops where ever we want. Anywhere on the planet. Not only are we scratching your name from this dumbfuck exercise, we are taking you off google maps. Don't you know we are the exceptional race! Now get lost behind your great Wall.