US to host first Amphibious Leaders Symposium: China not invited

The United States Pacific Fleet will be hosting the first ever U.S. Pacific Command Amphibious Leaders Symposium sponsored by US Marine Forces Pacific on May 17 to 21 in Hawaii. Twenty-three nations will participate in the said event.

Australia, Bangladesh, Cambodia, Canada, Chile, Columbia, France, Indonesia, Japan, South Korea, Malaysia, Maldives, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru, Philippines, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Taiwan, Thailand, Tonga, United Kingdom and Vietnam will be coming as invited.

“Certainly not everybody has the same aspirations or capabilities that we have or desire. But what we’re trying to figure out by bringing these folks together is — what is it that you think you need for your particular situation? How can that potentially compliment us or your neighbors or a group of like-minded nations to help each other out in times of crisis, times of humanitarian disaster?” Marine Corps Forces Pacific-Plans and Policies director Cololonel Nathan Nastase said as quoted by Honolulu Star-Advertiser.

China will not participate because it was not invited. “Any country has the right to invite other countries to a symposium or event, as long as such activities contribute to regional peace and stability,” Foreign Ministry of China said. “Chinese and US militaries maintain normal exchanges and cooperation at various levels.”