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US Excludes China From Military Drill Over South China Sea Actions

A Pentagon statement said the decision to disinvite the Chinese navy was "an initial response" to what it called China's militarization of the South China Sea.

The U.S. has chose to punish China for the militarization of the South China Sea by expelling it from the world's largest naval exercise, The Wall Street Journal first reported Wednesday, citing the Pentagon. US officials say that China is developing a military capacity to threaten USA naval vessels that operate in the South China Sea and to choke off shipping through a vital waterway in the event of war.

Chinese officials were notified of the decision on Wednesday morning, and the news came just hours before Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi was scheduled to meet with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in Washington, D.C.

Depriving China of its access to RIMPAC doesn't dangerously degrade U.S. Half the participating ships are U.S. Navy vessels.

The supply ship Gaoyouhu and the hospital ship Peace Ark are gonging to set sail to Hawaii to join 2016 Pacific Rim (RIMPAC) on June 15, 2016 in Zhoushan, Zhejiang Province of China.

Rimpac began in 1971 and was held annually until 1974, when it switched to every two years due to its large scale. China's expulsion from the drills was described as an "initial response", suggesting that there might be more to come.

China will not allow exchange programs to be used to coerce it into giving up its "inherent rights" in the South China Sea, according to a Foreign Ministry spokesperson Thursday.

US Excludes China From Military Drill Over South China Sea Actions
Pentagon kicks out China from major US military exercise

Adm. Phil Davidson, who is expected to head Pacific Command after the retirement of Adm. Harry Harris, recently told Congress that China has already consolidated its hold on the South China Sea.

By Lalit K Jha Washington, May 24 (PTI) Alleging that Beijing is engaged in "destabilising behaviour" in the South China Sea, the Pentagon today kicked out China from its annual maritime military exercise. "Period", Kazianis said. "Considering their aggressive approach to dominate the Asia-Pacific region, turn the South China Sea into their own personal lake, as well as diminish America's position in the region, this move on the Trump administration's part makes sense".

The Pentagon said that China has also landed bomber aircraft, apparently including the advanced, nuclear-capable H-6K, at Woody Island, in another disputed area to the north claimed by China and Vietnam. The formation of islands, islets and reefs are also partially claimed by Brunei, Malaysia, the Philippines, Taiwan and Vietnam.

The US withdrawal of an invitation to such a symbolic event comes at a hard time in relations between the two sides and is potentially just the first setback in military exchanges between them, said Zhang Yuquan, an global relations specialist at Sun Yat-sen University in Guangzhou.

"We believe these recent deployments and the continued militarization of these features is a violation of the promise that (Chinese) President Xi (Jinping) made to the United States and the World not to militarize the Spratly Islands". China has generally participated.

China has participated in the last two RIMPAC exercises, which as the world's largest maritime warfare exercise includes around two dozen participant countries.

The United States has revoked an invitation to China to the 2018 Rim of the Pacific Exercise (RIMPAC).

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