Chinese warships to take part in RIMPAC 2014, world’s largest international naval exercise.

From the Washington Post:

The U.S. Navy has dispatched numerous ships to Hawaii as it prepares for Rim of the Pacific 2014 [RIMPAC 2014], the world’s largest international maritime exercise. It will involve 49 surface ships and six submarines from 23 countries this year, but the inclusion of one — China — will get an inordinate amount of attention.

The People’s Liberation Army of China will participate in the exercise for the first time, sending ships that include the missile destroyer Haikou, the missile frigate Yueyang, the oiler Qiandaohu and the hospital ship Peace Ark. The Chinese were invited to join two years ago by Adm. Samuel Locklear, the chief of U.S. Pacific Command, and will do so now as Chinese President Xi Jinping pushes an overhaul and expansion of the Chinese military.

But the engagement, which starts June 26, comes at an awkward time following a series of controversial moves by China within the last year.

Links and sources
The Washington Post: U.S. prepares for awkward military engagement with China in Hawaii
Xinhua: 国海军参加“环太平洋-2014”演习舰艇编队跨越国际日期变更线
Sina: 中国将首次参加环太平洋联合军演 日高官称欢迎 (with CCTV report)