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After China snubs Japan, US pulls out of naval ceremony

Published on Apr 4, 2014 3:47 PM

HONOLULU (AFP) - The United States has decided not to send a warship to a naval ceremony in China after learning Japan was not invited, a defence official said on Thursday.

The international fleet review is being held to mark the 65th anniversary of the Chinese navy and Washington had intended to take part in the event off the eastern coastal city of Qingdao later this month.

"Japan was not invited. So in solidarity, we decided not to participate," said the senior US defence official, who spoke on condition of anonymity.

But the chief of the US Navy, Admiral Jonathan Greenert, and the head of the Pacific Fleet, Admiral Harry Harris, will go ahead and attend a symposium in Qingdao that coincides with the flotilla ceremony, the official said.

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