Communist Chinese troops in Hawaii this week for emergency drill

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For two days beginning tomorrow, Nov. 12-14, 2013, soldiers from China’s People’s Liberation Army (PLA) will be in the United States ostensibly to participate in an emergency drill called GridEx II. (There was a Grid Ex I in November 2011.)

That’s the alarming news, according to Judi McLeod’s article in Canada Free Press: “for the first time in history the U.S. Army will host the Communist People’s Republic of China’s Army on American soil Nov. 12-14, 2013,” to simulate “humanitarian assistance and disaster relief to a fictional third country.”

What is GridEx II?

From the New York Times, August 16, 2013:

“The electric grid […] is the glass jaw of American industry. If an adversary lands a knockout blow […] it could black out vast areas of the continent for weeks; interrupt supplies of water, gasoline, diesel fuel and fresh food; shut down communications; and create disruptions of a scale that was only hinted at by Hurricane Sandy and the attacks of Sept. 11.

This is why thousands of utility workers, business executives, National Guard officers, F.B.I. antiterrorism experts and officials from government agencies in the United States, Canada and Mexico are preparing for an emergency drill in November that will simulate physical attacks and cyberattacks that could take down large sections of the power grid.

They will practice for a crisis unlike anything the real grid has ever seen, and more than 150 companies and organizations have signed up to participate. […] One goal of the drill, called GridEx II, is to explore how governments would react as the loss of the grid crippled the supply chain for everyday necessities. […] experts fear government-sponsored hacking.” 

Indeed, in April 2009, the North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC) issued a public notice warning that the Electrical Grid is not adequately protected from cyber-warfare. (NERC is a nonprofit corporation that’s the successor to the National Electric Reliability Council formed in 1968 by the electric utility industry to promote the reliability and adequacy of bulk power transmission in the electric utility systems of North America.)

The New York Times report on GridEx II’s massive drill made no mention of Chinese participation. But China’s official Xinhua news agency does.

From Xinhua, on Nov. 6, 2013:

The U.S. military Pacific Commander, Samuel Locklear, said here Tuesday that a joint humanitarian assistance and disaster relief exercise to be held this month helps improve the relationship between the United States and China.

Locklear told a news briefing that the Pacific Command’s Army component commander in Hawaii has been looking forward to the Nov. 12-14 exercise “for some time,” as the Army will host the People’s Liberation Army soldiers of China to train together in a field environment, simulating humanitarian assistance and disaster relief to a fictional third country.

Summing up his expectations for the joint exercise, Locklear said both militaries can learn something in disaster management, and “better prepared tomorrow than yesterday.”

“In relation to our ability to do this with our Chinese counterparts,” he said, “this kind of exercise gives us a place to start, and get into the rhythm of understanding and trusting each other.”

“I’m looking forward to it,” he added. “I think it will be a great exercise.”

The joint exercise was announced during an August visit to Washington by Chinese Minister of National Defense Chang Wanquan, as China and the United States expand their military-to-military relationship and explore cooperation opportunities in non- traditional security areas.

Is the US-China joint “humanitarian assistance and disaster relief drill” the same as the GridEx II drill? If so, what does “humanitarian assistance and disaster relief” has to do with a power grid drill?

If the US-China disaster relief drill is not the GridEx II drill, why are the two drills on the same days?

Lastly, why should Chinese PLA soldiers be allowed on U.S. soil, drill or no drill? What is to be gained from that?

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22 responses to “Communist Chinese troops in Hawaii this week for emergency drill

  1. Yes, the two exercises are related. And their purpose is to prepare both sides for when Communist Chinese troops, under guise of (most likely) UN Troops taking control of US via UN-imposed martial law. Just as they have done in eastern European countries when their bottom fell out and UN went in to “straighten out” internal issues.

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  2. Reblogged this on Brittius.com and commented:
    Forward Scout Element. Russians are in Detroit and Chicago. Chinese are also in Mexico.

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  3. These guys are NOT good news to us. I am all for China rising to its greatness in the world. It is one of the greatest civilizations in world history; the middle kingdom. But if they think they have a divine right to dominate America, I draw the line in the sand… somewhere before Japan.

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  4. Well, we sold Japan a whole lot of useful scrap metal in the ’30s, too.

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  5. What has one event to do with another? The PLA troops are in Hawaii practicing disaster relief. The Gridex is taking place on the North American continent and involves player from southern Canada, northern Mexico and the continental US. Hawaii is NOT part of the NAPG. These troops will not come within 3000 miles of the grid. Nor will they learn anything useful about the grid. There is no threat to Amereican security here.

    This is like linking a summit meeting in Moscow with the Philadelphia Symphony giving a concert in Vladivoistok. It’s worse than apples and oranges; it’s apples and rutabegas.

    This is the kind of pseudo-connection of unrelated events that makes conspiracy theorists look foolish.

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    • Dick,

      But why are PLA troops in Hawaii in a disaster relief drill in the first place?

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      • It is apparently part of Obama’s “Asian initiative” or whatever he calls it. His administration is full of panda huggers and this seems like a harmless way to demonstrate good will. But it has nothing whatever to do with Gridex.

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        • “a harmless way to demonstrate good will”

          Why? Good will toward China whose state-owned media just threatened to nuke cities on continental America’s west and east coasts?
          https://cofda.wordpress.com/2013/11/03/chinas-state-media-boast-of-chinese-nuclear-subs-attacking-u-s-cities/

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          • I made the statement that one has nothing to do with each other based on my 20+ years of professional expereince in the field of Emergency Management. The GrieEx II scenario is being conducted by power company technician and federal agency technicians, operating from their normal duty stations. . There are no troops, US, Canadian, Mexican or Chinese involved. No actual power outages will occur. And, again, the power grid does not extend to Hawaii or Alaska. Why is this so hard for some people to understand?

            Disaster relief trainin exercises take place all the time. They can involve civil authorities, governement agencies, military forces and others. Sometimes multinational exercises occur to train people for situations like the present one in the Phillippines. I have been involved in many of them and I know how they are set up and operate.

            If anybody on this blog has ACTUAL expoereince in either power grid operations or disaster relief, I will listen to them.

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          • Dick,

            Your point about GridEx II being a drill on the U.S. mainland but not Hawaii is a good one. Indeed, the power system on the Hawaiian islands is not part of the North American power grid. That Canada Free Press article conflated the two drills into one and, as such, is quite misleading. However, I still question why we would allow Communist China’s troops on U.S. soil, albeit Hawaii, for whatever reason.

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  7. Well…Obloody did say, “I am really good at killing people” to his aides. When it comes to someone as depraved as this malignant fraud, who can know the extent of the meaning of that?

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  8. @ Dick Thurston: You are either 1) Incredibly blind, and/or naive, or 2) Purposely spreading disinformation. The 2 events coincide and are infact related to one another. Is it also a coincidence that we are dispatching our Pacific Command assests during these pivital times? Perhaps they may want to put their words in practice and have the Chinese actually provide a real humanitarian service to their close neighbors, the Philippines. It’s not like Hawaii has ever been attacked by an enemy country and attempted to be used as a forwarding base before…oh wait, Pearl Harbor comes to mind. You’re trying too hard, so I’m leaning more towards option# 2, “wolve”…

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    • I understand that viewpoint and somewhat agree with it. But it has nothing whatsoever to do with the North American Power Grid. That was my point. people are trying to make a connection that doesn’t exist. AFAIK, no Chinese officials or technicians are invoilved with GridEx. Do you or anybody else have information to the contrary?

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  9. They are here to sign up for Obamacare!

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  10. I may not know whether or not the two are connected but it IS possible. One thing I am sure of though… a foreign communist military (last time I heard, communists were our enemy) should not be here on our soil. The U.S. government has no business allowing them to conduct their “business” here at all. Just the fact that this is taking place, is a real cause for suspician. I live in Hawaii and I do not welcome them here, period.

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  11. I am not happy with PLA forces on American soil at any time in any number. Having said that,. i fail to see the connection with GridEx. Hawaii is NOT on the North American Power grid. PLA troops in Hawaii will not get any information on the NAPG and will not come within 3000 miles of it.

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  12. I would also note that the PRC is providing relief supplies to the Phillippines even as we speak. This is the sort of thing that the Hawaii exercise is designed to facilitate.

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  14. And so PRC soldiers are now infiltrating our country. God help us!

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  15. This situation is perhaps results of consequences intended/unintended; that started when Nixon/Kissinger opened up “Entente” with Red China back in 1972, as it related to ending the Vietnam War. This policy goes farther back than the Obama Administration–cooperation with China–when one perhaps considers China in the Post-Mao era, with a lessened Ideological bent of Communist crusading & rhetoric against the West esp. the USA. But one should at least for National Security reasons, keep a close watch on China’s agenda as it relates to American Domestic/Foreign policy cooperation, across an international-global spectrum!?

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