PressTV-‘China to join exercises involving US off Australia’

Australia says China’s navy will participate in military exercises to be conducted by 26 countries off Australia’s northern coast later this month but would not take part in the live-fire drills of the war games.

“China is expected to participate in a range of activities including passage exercises, inter-ship communications and replenishment activities and sea-training maneuvers,” Australian Defense Minister Marise Payne said in a statement on Thursday.

The naval exercises, being hosted by Australia, also include Canberra’s major ally the United States, which has been at odds with Beijing on an array of issues. Washington excluded Beijing from its military training drills around Hawaii back in May in response to what the White house perceives as China’s alleged militarization of islands in the South China Sea.

“There are no plans for China to participate in live-fire activities,” Payne further said, without giving more…

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