China and the United States wrapped up a three-day humanitarian relief military drill on Friday, November 18 looking past simmering tensions over the disputed South China Sea and the deployment of an advanced U.S. anti-missile system in South Korea.
The exercises, held in the southwestern Chinese city of Kunming, come a month after a U.S. navy destroyer sailed near islands claimed by China in the South China Sea, prompting fury in Beijing which called the move illegal and provocative.
That watch, the most recent by Washington to test Chinese claims in the vital conduit, topped a strained year for military-to-military ties between the world's two biggest economies, which are likewise at chances over the U.S. choice to base Terminal High Altitude Area Defense hostile to rocket framework battery framework in South Korea to guard against North Korea.
China, neighboring North Korea, stresses the framework's radar will have the capacity to track its own military abilities. Liu Xiaowu, armed force authority of the Chinese southern military locale, and General Robert Brown, instructing general of the U.S. Armed force Pacific, visited genially as they supervised the most recent day of exercis