According to a NAVAL INSTITUTE'S PROCEEDINGS TODAY AUTHOR:
Inviting China to RIMPAC Is Appeasement
RIMPAC is "Navspeak" for Rim of the Pacific, a series of naval exercises involving the U.S. Navy's Pacific fleet, allied Pacific nation's navies, and invited non aligned pacific naval powers. Much of the exercises are focused on civil emergency relief missions. China has been previously invited,and has participated, but of late has become a controversial participant. China claims offshore areas clearly belonging to neighboring coastal states as well as all of the international commons of the South China Sea. The Dragon's expanded navy and coast guard with naval militias are becoming a threat to neighbors and a challenge to the US which moves much commerce through the area. The Dragon has become the leading modern day proponent of the "closed sea", a doctrine that English speaking navy crews shed much blood over in previous centuries and something that the world hoped was now a decided issue. The invitation to RIMPAC for China seems to remain open, the number of objections is rising. In the linked to article in the US NAVAL INSTITUTES PROCEEDINGS TODAY author Capt. Jim Fanell USN (Ret.) expertly analyzes the the arguments. Below is a lead in from the article and a link to follow to the entire article.
"The late June 2017 confirmation from the Pentagon that the People's Republic of China (PRC) has been invited to participate in the 2018 Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) exercise is a seminal event in the history of U.S.-PRC relations. It appears to establish a policy of permanent and uninterrupted RIMPAC invitations to the Chinese. Unfortunately, the invitation will someday be remembered as the formal beginning of the end of U.S. influence in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region. "
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