NZ, China in defence exercise
New Zealand is exercising its independent foreign policy this weekend by welcoming a Chinese Air Force airlifter to take part in a military exercise, despite the United States revoking an invitation to Peking to take part in a similar engagement. China was excluded by Washington from the annual Rimpac naval exercises led by the US Pacific fleet in Hawaii. The US action relates to China’s expansion in the South China Sea. A People’s Liberation Army Air Force will land in Auckland today to take part in Exercise Skytrain with the NZ Defence Force. China is the only country joining New Zealand in the exercise with a detachment from RNZAF’s Not 40 Squadron in humanitarian aid and disaster relief and search and rescue operations.