ABOARD THE CNS HAIKOU - The Chinese sailor clipped the red and yellow flag into place and pulled the lines smartly, raising it high to the mast alongside the nation’s own red colors, which snapped and waved in the whipping wind as the country’s newest and most powerful destroyer plowed through the ocean swells during July’s 2014 Rim of Pacific (Rimpac) exercises off the Hawaiian coast. “That flag means we are the lead,” the Haikou’s communications officer ...

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