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US Disinvites China From Military Exercise Amid Rising Tensions

US Excludes China From Military Drill Over South China Sea Actions

China has deployed anti-ship missiles, surface-to-air missile (SAM) systems and electronic jammers to "contested features" in the Spratly Islands region of the South China Sea, Logan said.

"Strengthening military-to-military exchanges is also a USA appeal, and it is no use coercing China to give up its inherent right by one or two exchange programs", said Lu.

China says it has every right to build what it calls necessary defensive facilities on its own territory.

The exclusion of the Chinese navy from the RIMPAC is expected to coerce China into reversing the militarization in these areas; thereby giving them a chance to not violate all the peace promises made by President Xi Jinping.

As one of the world's largest trade passages, most nations prefer the South China Sea to remain as worldwide waters.

The South China Sea plays host to countless territorial disputes between China, Taiwan, Malaysia, Indonesia, the Philippines, and Vietnam.

VN Express reported Wednesday the explosion took place Sunday near the Paracel Islands, where China is believed to have recently tested the takeoff and landing capabilities of its bombers.

Washington's move comes after Chinese Foreign Ministry stated that the landing of the Chinese Air Force's strategic bombers in a few reefs and islands in the South China Sea is a part of usual air exercises. He said at a joint press conference afterwards that the move was not constructive and was "unhelpful to the trust and cooperation between the Chinese and USA militaries".

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Vietnamese officials have been on edge about China's recent moves in the South China Sea, which is known as the East Sea in Vietnam.

"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 statement added. Given China's growing military confidence and its heavy investment in the South China Sea, such a move is highly unlikely.

The statement also did not mention China's use of a laser against US pilots flying near Beijing's first overseas military base in the east African state of Djibouti.

According to the Navy, this year's Rimpac was originally slated to include more than 1,000 personnel from 27 countries.

Held every two years, this year's version of the RIMPAC exercise was to begin in late June and end in early August. The biennial exercises are the largest multinational naval exercise in the world and China participated for the first time in 2014, after the Obama administration extended an invitation in 2013.

But the United States now says China's behaviour in the South China Sea runs counter to the spirit of the drills. U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis will be in attendance and may use the podium at Shangri-La to offer a strong rebuke of Chinese activity in the South China Sea, where the U.S. continues to privilege freedom of navigation for military and civilian vessels alike.

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 worldwide relations specialist at Sun Yat-sen University in Guangzhou. It's unhelpful to mutual understanding between China and the US.

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