About 60 soldiers from the Chinese army are in Hawaii this month to
train with the U.S. Army and participate in the first field exercise the
two countries have conducted together.
The disaster management
exchange is scheduled for today through Thursday at Marine Corps
Training Area-Bellows in Hawaii. Senior members of the Chinese
delegation will then travel to Washington, D.C., and the Northeast to
visit areas affected by last year’s Hurricane Sandy.
Hawaii-based portion of the exercise is a continuation of an annual —
and growing — exchange between the Army and the People’s Liberation
Army, said Col. John Lee, strategy and plans officer for security
cooperation and policy at U.S. Army Pacific.
As the U.S. military
turns its focus toward the Pacific, USARPAC has been working to grow its
engagements and exercises with all of its partner nations in the
region. And China is a critical part of it.