For the first time in American history, troops from Communist China’s People’s Liberation Army (PLA) will openly be on sovereign American soil starting early next week, as reported by the right-of-center news portal Canada Free Press (via Google News) on Nov. 8, 2013 and also by China’s governmental controlled Xinhua News Agency on Nov. 6, 2013.
Almost totally ignored by the American media, PLA troops will be in Hawaii from the 12th through the 14th of this month, to be hosted by the U.S. military’s Pacific Command, also headquartered in the Aloha State.
Communist Chinese troops will be participating in the U.S. government’s massive GridEx II military, quasi-military and civilian emergency response exercise.
The New York Times reported on Aug. 16, 2013 that GridEx II specifically is consists of:
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… thousands of utility workers, business executives, National Guard officers, F.B.I. antiterrorism experts and officials from government agencies in the United States, Canada and Mexico are preparing for an emergency drill in November that will simulate physical attacks and cyberattacks that could take down large sections of the power grid.
They will practice for a crisis unlike anything the real grid has ever seen, and more than 150 companies and organizations have signed up to participate.
Three days after the Times article, the Defense Department’s official website quietly noted rather generically that Chinese troops were invited to “attend next year’s Rim of the Pacific multilateral naval exercise.”
Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel even made an appearance before the world’s press corps with Chinese Minister of National Defense Gen. Chang Wanquan. The duo stated they’ve agreed “to expand the current system of defense exchanges and joint exercises.”
In what the Beijing-ran news agency refers to as “non-traditional security areas,” the American commander of all US Forces in the Pacific, Admiral Samuel Locklear was quoted by Xinhua as “looking forward” to Chinese troops participating in the disaster relief drill.
“In relation to our ability to do this with our Chinese counterparts,” the admiral said, “this kind of exercise gives us a place to start, and get into the rhythm of understanding and trusting each other.”
“I’m looking forward to it,” he added. “I think it will be a great exercise.”