U.S. and Chinese forces participated in a counter-piracy exercise in the Gulf of Aden earlier this month as the two countries continue to make good on their promise to have more positive military-to-military engagements. The guided-missile destroyer DDG-87 USS Mason worked with elements of the Chinese navy Aug. 24-25, just days after Gen. Chang Wanquan, China’s defense minister, spoke with U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel at the Pentagon about the need for such joint exercises. The ...

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