A Chinese newspaper has accused the United States of putting up a “threat show” this week as the world’s largest naval war games have started for the third time in a row without China.

This year’s edition of the biennial RIM of the Pacific exercise has returned to the — or RIMPAC— pre-COVID level, which is attended by 26 nations, including Beijing’s neighbors and several of its regional trading partners. The US Navy-organized seminar in Hawaii and training exercises in the East Pacific were to take place between June 29 and August 4.

The game “serves to reveal how much the United States is trying to impose its will on the region.” China Daily Announced Monday. “It’s intended to signal that Washington’s influence and strategic position is not diminishing.”

“By conducting such a large-scale exercise in the wake of the Ukraine crisis, the United States aims to show the world that the Ukraine conflict has not undermined its agenda or overused its resources, and that its strategic focus remains intact. Indo-Pacific,” the state-run paper said. Is.

Between June 29 and August 4, 26 nations, 38 ships, four submarines, more than 170 aircraft and 25,000 personnel are participating in the largest naval war games in and around the Hawaiian Islands and Southern California. Above, the Royal Canadian Navy frigate is crossing the Pacific Ocean on June 25, 2022 to participate in the HMCS Vancouver RIMPAC.
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China’s naval forces participated in their first-ever RIMPAC in 2014, which considered China’s relations with the U.S. and the West more broadly, despite strong moves against the U.S. treaty ally the Philippines in the South China Sea.

China’s earlier denial Philippines vs. China The 2016 decision did not prevent the Obama administration from recognizing the presence of five Chinese warships and 1,200 People’s Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) personnel that summer.

But the slump in relations at the start of former President Donald Trump’s trade war with Beijing “invited” China in 2018, a condition that was maintained in the scale-down RIMPAC 2020 held despite the epidemic.

This means that for the third time in a row, the rapidly expanding plan between 38 warships, four submarines, 170 aircraft and between the Hawaiian Islands and Southern California will not be shown in the training of more than 25,000 personnel next month.

The United States’ Asian treaty partners, South Korea, Japan and the Philippines, as well as Pacific allies Australia and New Zealand, are participating in exercises ranging from submarine and air defense training to humanitarian aid and disaster relief.

China newspaper rails against US-led RIMPAC exercise
Above, US Navy Zumwalt-class destroyers USS Michael Mansour, Chilean Navy frigate Almerante Lynch and Royal Canadian Navy frigates HMCS Winnipeg and HMCS Vancouver departed for RIMPAC on 25 June 2022.
Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Megan Alexander / US Navy

Brunei, Indonesia and Malaysia – the coastal states competing with China’s wider claims in the South China Sea – are also present.

Complaints about Beijing’s third snub in a row have increased this week, according to the presence of so-called “minority” groups, including the US. China Daily Editorial Chinese officials have compared the Quad (India, Australia, Japan and US) and AUKUS (Australia, UK and US) groups to the “exclusive group” created with the sole purpose of curbing China’s rise.

“For a long time, the United States and its allies have been in the habit of binding China to the so-called first island chain,” the newspaper said. “But with the growth of its national strength, China has developed the ability to defend its core interests and sovereignty and territorial integrity in the Asia-Pacific region and beyond.”

“The United States must abandon its zero-sum Cold War mentality and divide according to the rules, and work with the rest of the Asia-Pacific family to promote equal development.” China Daily Concluded.

In May 2018, after the US canceled RIMPAC’s invitation to China, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi called the decision “arrogant and hasty”.

“This is not conducive to enhancing mutual understanding and mutual trust between China and the United States. The United States should abandon such a negative mindset,” he said.