China is current participating in the Rim of the Pacific Exercise, the world’s largest multinational maritime military exercise. This year’s drills started on June 30th. China first sent observers to the drill in 1998, and participated for the first time in 2014. This year, China is the US-led drill’s third largest contingent. What is the significance of China’s participation? Is China’s limited role in the exercises indicative of continued mistrust between China and the US? And as an international arbitration in The Hague prepares to release its ruling on the territorial dispute initiated by the Philippines against China, what can we expect? Join us for a discussion with Zhang Junshe, vice president of the China Naval Research Institute, Mr Zhu Chenghu, a retired Chinese military expert from the PLA National Defense University. From Washington we are joined by Kurt Volker, former US Ambassador to NATO and CEO of the McCain Institute for International Leadership, and Bonnie Glaser, Senior Adviser for Asia and Director of the Chinese Power Project, Center for Strategic and International Studies.
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