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Sun Nov 10, 2013, 08:15 AM

US commander says disaster relief drill with China improves relationship

The US military Pacific Commander, Samuel Locklear, said here Tuesday that a joint humanitarian assistance and disaster relief exercise to be held this month helps improve the relationship between the United States and China.

Locklear told a news briefing that the Pacific Command's Army component commander in Hawaii has been looking forward to the Nov. 12-14 exercise "for some time," as the Army will host the People's Liberation Army soldiers of China to train together in a field environment, simulating humanitarian assistance and disaster relief to a fictional third country.

Summing up his expectations for the joint exercise, Locklear said both militaries can learn something in disaster management, and "better prepared tomorrow than yesterday."

"In relation to our ability to do this with our Chinese counterparts," he said, "this kind of exercise gives us a place to start, and get into the rhythm of understanding and trusting each other."

"I'm looking forward to it," he added. "I think it will be a great exercise."


Locklear Welcomes Closer U.S.-China Cooperation

WASHINGTON, Nov. 5, 2013 – Recognizing the United States’ growing strategic partnership with China, the top U.S. commander in the Asia-Pacific region expressed hope today that commitments by the U.S. and Chinese presidents will promote communication, understanding and closer cooperation between their militaries.


I wonder if they will shift it from a fictional country to a real one.

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Wed Nov 13, 2013, 06:57 AM

1. State media: China ‘should help typhoon-ravaged Philippines despite row’

China has offered US$100,000 in aid to the Philippines in the wake of Super Typhoon Haiyan

China should put aside its territorial dispute with the Philippines to help victims of Typhoon Haiyan, state-run media said on Tuesday, adding that doing so was in Beijing’s best interests.

The two countries are embroiled in a long-standing dispute over islands in the strategically vital South China Sea - which Beijing claims almost in its entirety - and Manila says Chinese vessels have occupied the Scarborough Shoal, which it claims, since last year.


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