Ships and a submarine from 10 participating nations, including New Zealand, are seen during the US-led ‘Rim of the Pacific Exercise’ in 2020. Photo: US Pacific Fleet Handout
Ships and a submarine from 10 participating nations, including New Zealand, are seen during the US-led ‘Rim of the Pacific Exercise’ in 2020. Photo: US Pacific Fleet Handout
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US military wants to expand ties with New Zealand, says Pacific commander who called China ‘destabilising’

  • Admiral John Aquilino, head of the US Indo-Pacific Command, said he wanted to identify new areas where the US could work with New Zealand
  • ‘The United States has been a Pacific nation our entire life. We will continue to operate in the Pacific no matter what else you might hear,’ he said

Ships and a submarine from 10 participating nations, including New Zealand, are seen during the US-led ‘Rim of the Pacific Exercise’ in 2020. Photo: US Pacific Fleet Handout
Ships and a submarine from 10 participating nations, including New Zealand, are seen during the US-led ‘Rim of the Pacific Exercise’ in 2020. Photo: US Pacific Fleet Handout
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