The tensions created by the United States’ trade war with China and Beijing’s territorial claims in the South China Sea, and American pushback, pose challenges for closer ties between their militaries. Evidence of that is the US exclusion of China from last year’s Rim of the Pacific Exercise, the world’s largest multinational naval war games, in retaliation for claimed militarisation of the South China Sea.As a result, unfortunately, the two nations missed an opportunity to build the trust and…
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