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Military Medical Assistance as Soft-Power Projection: New Lessons from China?


China’s emphasis on military medical assistance constitutes a unique strategy of soft-power projection and one of the most concerted programmes of military diplomacy in the world

US Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter has recently resisted calls from Senate Armed Forces Committee Chairman John McCain to un-invite the Chinese People’s Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) from the 2016 Rim of the Pacific exercise (RIMPAC) over its recent activities in the East and South China Seas. Held biennially in June and July in even-numbered years, and hosted by the US Navy’s Pacific Fleet, RIMPAC is the world’s largest international maritime-warfare exercise. In 2014,

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