The U.S. Army Pacific and the People's Liberation Army participated in the first Joint Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief Tabletop Exercise Nov. 29 - 30 at the Sichuan Provincial Military Command Training Base under Chengdu Military Command. The exercise scenario was based on a fictional third party nation with 'City C' having a 7.8 earthquake with widespread destruction and loss of life. The tabletop exercise was part of a Disaster Management Exchange Nov. 26 - Dec. 2 between the PLA and U.S. Army Pacific. The 2012 DME was hosted by the PLA in three locations in China: Beijing, Kunming, and Chengdu. The DME is an annual USARPAC security cooperation event with the People's Republic of China and the PLA. The DMEs with China began in 1998 with actual visits beginning in 2005.