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U.S. kicks off 26-nation Pacific naval exercise without Taiwan

RIMPAC will include 25,000 personnel in monthlong drill

RIMPAC exercises in 2018. A total of 26 countries are set to join the drills. (U.S. Navy via Reuters) 

WASHINGTON -- The U.S. started hosting the world's largest joint naval exercises with one notable absentee -- Taiwan.

This year's edition of the U.S. Navy-led RIMPAC, or the Rim of the Pacific exercises, began Wednesday in Hawaii with 26 partner nations participating. The drills, which run through Aug. 4, will involve roughly 25,000 personnel.

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