The proposal does not affect RIMPAC, only the joint exercises held between South Korea and the US off the coast of North Korea. RIMPAC is a much broader exercise, and there’s been no mention of abandoning RIMPAC:

“The first RIMPAC, held in 1971, involved forces from Australia, Canada, New Zealand, the United Kingdom (UK), and the United States (US). Australia, Canada, and the US have participated in every RIMPAC since then. Other regular participants are Chile, Colombia, France, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, the Netherlands, Peru, Singapore, South Korea, New Zealand and Thailand.”

So don’t panic: America is not abandoning the Pacific.

I work in IT, Community volunteer interested in Politics, support Capitalism as the best economic system for lifting people out of poverty, Skeptical scientist.

Get the Medium app

A button that says 'Download on the App Store', and if clicked it will lead you to the iOS App store
A button that says 'Get it on, Google Play', and if clicked it will lead you to the Google Play store