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U.S. admiral comments on RIMPAC

Monday’s Asahi ran an interview with U.S. 3rd Fleet Commander Boyle on the RIMPAC exercise currently being conducted off Hawaii. The vice admiral reportedly emphasized that the fact that 26 nations, including the United States and Japan, who share such values as the rule of law and discipline, come together and conduct joint operations in unison represents a “strategic victory” in view of China’s hegemonic pursuits. He said the multinational training sends a powerful message to the world that Washington and its allies and friends are committed to joint actions to deter conflicts. He also said the purpose of the exercise is to improve military responses to a variety of situations, including in the Taiwan Strait, adding that top political leaders will decide whether Taiwan will participate in future RIMPAC exercises.

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