For the first time in RIMPAC's history a nation (China) sent a surveillance vessel while also participating in the naval exercises.
China and Chile jointly announce the opening of a Sinovac COVID-19 vaccine production plant in the Santiago Metropolitan Area. Health minister Enrique Paris says that "it is a happy day for Chile and Latin American countries" because Chile would now be able to export vaccines.
Russia postpones a transfer of missile engines to China. There is concern the technology could be passed on to a third country, such as North Korea. China is not a member of the Missile Technology Control Regime, a voluntary, informal partnership between 34 countries to prevent proliferation of missile delivery systems that could carry weapons of mass destruction.
Chinese Vice Foreign Minister Liu Zhenmin says the United States was making political provocations with its patrols in the disputed South China Sea. He also says China is building military facilities on islands and reefs in the South China Sea as part of its national defense policy. Yesterday, U.S. President Barack Obama said, for the sake of regional stability, countries should stop building artificial islands and militarizing their claims in this sea.