China, US armies to begin joint disaster exercise

Associated Press

HONOLULU (AP) - Army officials from China and the United States are meeting in Hawaii for an annual disaster relief exercise that will include field training for the first time this year.

U.S. Army Pacific officials say the countries will practice giving humanitarian assistance and disaster relief to a fictional third country in the exchange that begins Tuesday.

On Thursday, U.S. Army and People's Liberation Army soldiers will train in a field exercise at Bellows Air Force Base.

Officials say the first two days of the exchange will be academic, while the field work will include practice with field equipment.

The exchange is an annual exercise that is part of a security cooperation agreement established in 1998.

Last year in China, military officials discussed how they would respond to an earthquake.

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