Original title: diplomatic breakthrough? Australian media: China will participate in Australia's largest joint naval exercise for the first time.
Australia's defense minister Payne confirmed that Australia would first invite China to participate in the joint naval performance of the "cam" in Australia for the first time in the evening of July 30th, according to the Australian newspaper. The military exercise began in 1993, two years, and is the largest joint military exercise in the Royal Australian Navy. The Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) revealed that China had indicated that it would send a frigate to participate in the exercise between the end of August and the middle of September.
In this analysis, the Australian Party's invitation may be a "diplomatic breakthrough" in the context of the long-standing relationship between China and Australia and the confrontation between the South China Sea and the South China Sea.
In 2018, the joint naval performance of the "cam" sea will be held in the Australian Darwin sea area in September 15th. The Australian side invited 27 countries and more than 2000 military personnel to participate in "a series of joint training activities to strengthen the operation and communication in the maritime field."
The ABC reported that 27 participating States and observers, including Kampuchea, Indonesia and Arabia, had accepted the Australian invitation, but the UK refused to participate.
At the invitation of Australia, China will send a frigate to participate in the exercise, the Australian Financial Review reported. Australian Defense Minister Payne said the Australian government is committed to maintaining a long-term constructive relationship with China on the basis of common interests and mutual respect.
"A fruitful defense relationship between China and Australia will promote mutual understanding, increase transparency and build trust," Payne said.
But he also confirmed that this time "China will participate in a series of exercises including navigation, ship communications and supply, marine training, but it does not include live ammunition exercises."
ABC quoted a senior Australian Defense source as saying that the Chinese warship was expected to conduct exercises with the Australian and American warships, but for "safety reasons", it would be excluded from some activities.
The report also pointed out that Australia's initiative to invite China to participate in the exercise for the first time was in sharp contrast to the Trump administration of the United States. In May this year, the United States withdrew its invitation to China to participate in the "2018 Ring-Tai Military Exercise" on the ground of interference in China's construction of the South China Sea.
According to the Australian newspaper, it may be a "diplomatic breakthrough" in China and Australia to invite China to participate in military exercises under the background of the "foreign influence act" and the South China Sea issue in opposition.
Peter Jennings, executive director of the Australian Institute for Strategic Policy Research, says this is a sign that tensions between China and Australia have eased. But he also claimed that this also gave China a better understanding of the Western army. "The Australian side should follow the United States and reduce its military ties with China to show that China is paying the price in the South China Sea."
Peter Leahy (Peter Leahy), the head of the National Institute of national safety at University of Canberra and the former army commander, said it was a positive sign, "nothing is bad." He also said that he would continue to maintain dialogue with Chinese people, "looking for opportunities for cooperation, especially around the South China Sea dispute in accordance with the code of conduct to cooperate."
Euan Graham, a senior fellow at the loy Institute, said that despite tensions between China and Australia at the political and diplomatic levels, both countries believe it is meaningful to maintain military relations.
"This is a sign that the military relations between the two countries are important to both sides," Euan Graham said, "but this is not a barometer for the improvement of bilateral relations between China and Australia."
It is understood that the last joint naval performance of the last "cam" sea was in 2016, when more than 3000 people from more than 19 countries were involved, with 20 battleships and submarines and 18 aircraft.
Participating countries include Australia, Canada, Fiji, France, India, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, New Zealand, Pakistan, New Guinea, Papua, Philippines, South Korea, Singapore, Thailand, East Timor, Tonga, the United States and Vietnam. Brunei, Philippines, etc. participated as observers.
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