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US-China tensions

In world's biggest drill, Pacific navies play out China scenarios

RIMPAC 2020's more exclusive guest list reflects core US alliance

The USS Carl Vinson aircraft carrier participates in a group sail during the RIMPAC exercise off the coast of Hawaii in July 2018. (Photo courtesy of the U.S. Navy)

NEW YORK -- The U.S.-led Rim of the Pacific international maritime exercise, or RIMPAC 2020, kicked off Monday in a scaled-back form with China conspicuously absent from the guest list.

The biennial drill -- the biggest ocean exercise in the world -- runs to the end of August in the seas near Hawaii. With 10 countries, 22 ships, one submarine and 5,300 personnel participating in offshore-only activities this time, it is greatly reduced in size from the 2018 edition, where 25 countries took part.

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