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CORRECTS SPELLING OF HICKAM, NOT HICKHAM - A red cross marks the deck aboard the Chinese People?s Liberation Army Navy hospital ship Peace Ark, Saturday, July 5, 2014, at Hawaii's Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam. Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) multinational naval exercises will be taking place in and around the Hawaiian Islands. (AP Photo/Marco Garcia)

PEARL HARBOR, Hawaii (AP) — China gave Western journalists a rare look aboard two People's Liberation Army vessels Saturday during the Rim of the Pacific naval exercises in Hawaii, showcasing a hospital ship with complex medical facilities and a destroyer flying U.S. and Chinese flags.

China is participating for the first time in the exercises, despite tensions with the United States and other countries — including territorial disputes with U.S. allies like Japan and the Philippines.

Chinese naval nurse He Yun showed reporters around the hospital ship Ark Peace, with a trauma center, dental office and facility where acupuncture and other treatments can be performed. Examination rooms were spread over several floors.

CORRECTS SPELLING OF HICKAM, NOT HICKHAM - Nurse He Yun gives a tour of the Chinese People?s Liberation Army Navy hospital ship Peace Ark at Hawaii’s
CORRECTS SPELLING OF HICKAM, NOT HICKHAM - Nurse He Yun gives a tour of the Chinese People?s Liberation Army Navy hospital ship Peace Ark at Hawaii's Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam near Honolulu. The Peace Ark is among the fleet of ships in the Chinese navy's first involvement in the Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) multinational naval exercises. (AP Photo/Marco Garcia) (Marco Garcia/AP)

The destroyer Haikou featured multiple hatches on its deck, a large cannon and a helicopter. Inside, where no photographs were allowed, glossy pictures of sailors' family and children lined the walls.

About a dozen other countries, including Japan, New Zealand, the United States and Colombia also offered ship tours as part of the 22-nation drills.

A Japanese naval official on Saturday gave a Chinese counterpart a private tour of its Japan Maritime Self Defense ship, the JS Ise. The Ise was docked at Pearl Harbor directly across the water from the USS Arizona Memorial, the ship that still rests at the bottom of a lagoon after the 1941 attack by Japan on Pearl Harbor.

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CORRECTS SPELLING OF HICKAM, NOT HICKHAM - This Saturday, July 5, 2014 photo shows a cart with traditional medicine in an examination room aboard the
CORRECTS SPELLING OF HICKAM, NOT HICKHAM - This Saturday, July 5, 2014 photo shows a cart with traditional medicine in an examination room aboard the Chinese People?s Liberation Army Navy hospital ship Peace Ark at Hawaii's Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam. The Peace Ark is among the fleet of ships in the Chinese navy's first involvement in the Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) multinational naval exercises. (AP Photo/Marco Garcia) (Marco Garcia/AP)

CORRECTS SPELLING OF HICKAM, NOT HICKHAM - With an American and Chinese flag flying in the background, a canon is seen aboard the Chinese People?s
CORRECTS SPELLING OF HICKAM, NOT HICKHAM - With an American and Chinese flag flying in the background, a canon is seen aboard the Chinese People?s Liberation Army Navy ship Haikou, Saturday, July 5, 2014, at Hawaii's Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam. Chinese ships will be participating in the Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) multinational naval exercises taking place in and around the Hawaiian Islands. (AP Photo/Marco Garcia) (Marco Garcia/AP)


CORRECTS SPELLING OF HICKAM, NOT HICKHAM - Reporters and visitors walk aboard the Chinese People?s Liberation Army Navy ship Haikou, Saturday, July 5,
CORRECTS SPELLING OF HICKAM, NOT HICKHAM - Reporters and visitors walk aboard the Chinese People?s Liberation Army Navy ship Haikou, Saturday, July 5, 2014, at Hawaii's Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam. Chinese ships will be participating in the Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) multinational naval exercises taking place in and around the Hawaiian Islands. (AP Photo/Marco Garcia) (Marco Garcia/AP)