The Australian Defense Minister said in August 1st that the Chinese navy will join other invited 26 countries to participate in military exercises on the northern coast of Australia this month, but do not include live ammunition exercises, according to British media in August 2nd.
According to the Reuters in August 1st, the naval exercises were hosted by Australia, including its major ally, the United States, which excluded China in military training near Hawaii in May.
The report says China Australia relations have recently fallen to a low point, but Australia still persists in an invitation to China in September last year, and analysts say the sign suggests that relations between the two countries may be eased before the start of the exercise by the end of August.
"China is expected to participate in a series of activities, including exercises, inter ship communications, supply operations and marine training and deployment," defense minister Maris Payne said in an email statement.
"There is no plan for China to participate in live ammunition exercises," she said. She did not give a reason, but said that "the establishment of a fruitful national defense relationship". It promotes transparency and builds trust.
The report said the exercise will take place in the strategic waters north of Darwin, and the exercise will continue until mid September.
The report pointed out that China participated in the exercise as an observer in 2016.
An Australian Defense Minister spokesman said in an e-mail that only Britain refused the invitation this time.
Data: Australia Darwin port cargo terminal. Shen Jizhong
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