Canadian troops move towards amphibious assault vehicles during the biennial Rim of the Pacific exercise at the Red Beach Training Area, Camp Pendelton, California, on June 27. Photo: Reuters

US is using Rimpac to woo Asean and counter its move towards China, but will it work?

Mark J. Valencia says the Rim of the Pacific Exercise from which China was excluded this year is no floating cocktail party but a display of US soft power

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Canadian troops move towards amphibious assault vehicles during the biennial Rim of the Pacific exercise at the Red Beach Training Area, Camp Pendelton, California, on June 27. Photo: Reuters
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Mark J. Valencia

Mark J. Valencia

Dr Mark J. Valencia is an internationally known maritime policy analyst, political commentator and consultant focused on Asia. He is the author or editor of some 15 books and more than 100 peer-reviewed journal articles. Currently he is adjunct senior scholar at the National Institute for South China Sea Studies.