US and Japan Begin Major Military Exercise as Concerns About China Grow


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U.S. and Japanese maritime self-defense forces carried out military exercises, Monday, October 26, on Japan's helicopter carrier. Japan and the U.S. began air, sea and land exercises around Japan in a show of force in the face of increased Chinese military activity in the region. The Keen Sword exercise is the first big drill since Yoshihide Suga became Japan's prime minister last month with a vow to continue the military build-up aimed at countering China, which claims Japanese-controlled islands in the East China Sea. Keen Sword, which is held every two years, involves dozens of warships, hundreds of aircraft and...