Looks like we’ve called off our upcoming naval exercise with South Korea:
The United States and South Korean militaries have postponed an aircraft carrier drill in the Yellow Sea ahead of next month’s G20 summit in Seoul following strong criticism from China, local media reported on Monday.
Beijing had said the Pentagon’s plans to send the nuclear-powered carrier USS George Washington to the joint exercise — set to take place between China and the Korean peninsula — threatened long-term damage to Sino-U.S. relations.
South Korean government and military sources told local media that the decision to cancel the drill, which was scheduled to take place late this month, was made to avoid creating problems with China and North Korea ahead of the G20 summit on November 11-12.
The allies made the decision “in a bid not to unnecessarily antagonize neighboring countries” before the summit, Yonhap news agency quoted a government source as saying.
The United States and South Korea have said their joint exercises are aimed at warning North Korea, which they blame for the March torpedoing of a South Korean navy ship in the Yellow Sea.
Local media said there would be no drills involving U.S. aircraft carriers this year.
I showed my wife this story and she said, “He just can’t stop from bowing.”