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South Africa Turned Down Invitation for Join Naval Exercises With U.S., Choosing Russia and China Instead

File image of a Chinese warship docked in Cape Town that took part in the 2018 first Operation Mosi naval exercises with the South African and Russian navies. Image via Xinhua.

South Africa is apparently not interested in conducting joint naval exercises with the United States, opting instead to proceed with controversial exercises later this month with both Russia and China.

U.S. Navy Rear Admiral Chase Patrick, Director, Maritime Headquarters, U.S. Naval Forces Europe-Africa, told reporters last week that his office has reached out on several occasions to the South African National Defence Force to join them in regional exercises, but each time the offer is refused.

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