As North Korean and Chinese threats rise, US looks to lock in defense partnerships with Asian allies


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In this handout photo provided by the U.S. Navy, U.S. Navy Sailors depart en route to the exercises in the East China Sea, June 26, 2024. The newly-inaugurated Freedom Edge exercise is wrapping up in the East China Sea, having brought together Japanese, South Korean and American naval assets for multi-domain maneuvers for the first time. (Mass Communication Specialist Petty Officer 2nd Class Rashan Jefferson/U.S. Navy via AP) GIMHAE AIR BASE – The United States wrapped up its first multidomain exercise with Japan and South Korea in the East China Sea on Saturday, a step forward in Washington's efforts to...