NZ, China in de­fence ex­er­cise

Weekend Herald - - News -

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.

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