Chinese soldiers march to their vehicles during a military parade in front of the Chinese Embassy in Washington, DC on February 14, 2018.
In an attempt to improve the morale of its army, China plans to hold a military drill this week that will see its army march to the U.S. Embassy in Beijing, the state-run Xinhua news agency reported on Saturday.
China has faced growing criticism for the military exercises that have been held in the South China Sea since the United States started the practice in response to Beijing’s growing assertiveness in the disputed region.
China’s military exercises in the region have been widely condemned as a blatant attempt to influence the domestic politics of the U-S.
A top Chinese military official has also slammed the drills as a “grave violation” of China’s sovereignty and said the exercises are being conducted in an attempt “to create a new precedent” for other nations to follow China’s example.
China last week announced it would hold its fifth “military parade” on Feb. 13-14, and it has also promised to host the drill this year, but the U,S.
military has refused to allow Chinese military vehicles to enter the United State, citing the U .
S. government’s policy of not allowing Chinese troops to enter Chinese territory.
The Chinese military’s move comes at a time when China’s President Xi Jinping is pushing to deepen the military ties with the United Sates.
China last month hosted the first ever meeting between Chinese and U.s. military leaders in the past decade, and Xi has also signaled he would like to deepen military cooperation with the U.-S. alliance.