China's 70th anniversary naval celebration won't include U.S. ships

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News ID: 37635
Publish Date: 11:29 - 09 April 2019
TEHRAN, Apr 09- U.S. Navy ships won't participate in the 70th anniversary of the founding of China's People's Liberation Army Navy later this month, the Pentagon said.

China's 70th anniversary naval celebration won't include U.S. shipsTEHRAN, Young Journalists Club (YJC) -The U.S. Embassy's defense attache in Beijing will represent the United States in Qingdao from April 22 to 25, Pentagon spokesman Lt. Col. Dave Eastburn told Stars and Stripes.

"The United States Navy will continue to engage the PLAN [People's Liberation Army Navy] through established military-to-military dialogues, such as the Military Maritime Consultative Agreement working groups and Rules of Behavior discussions," Eastburn said.

The will include "a high-level seminar, an international fleet review, military tattoo performances and cultural and sports activities," ministry spokesman Senior Col. Wu Quian's said at a news conference last month.

"The U.S. government seeks a bilateral relationship that is results-oriented and focused on risk reduction," Eastburn told the Japan Times. "The U.S. Navy will continue to pursue its primary goal of constructive, risk-reduction focused discourse with the PLAN."

China plans to showcase its new nuclear-powered ballistic missile submarines at the April 23 naval parade in the Yellow Sea near Qingdao.

"America's ships and sailors are needed across the Indo-Pacific," Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman Jim Inhofe, R-Okla, told the Free Beacon. "America's Navy is busy enough confronting the challenges posed by China's aggression in the South China Sea and other critical aspects of great power competition without the distraction of participating in communist pageantry."


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