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Philippines, Japan Hold Naval Drills in South China Sea

The Philippines and Japan, which are each involved in bitter maritime disputes with China, are conducting their first ever bilateral naval exercises. The drills taking place Tuesday in the South China Sea involve two Japanese destroyers and a Philippine Navy frigate, according to Manila officials. Manila denies the war games are aimed at sending a message to Beijing, instead insisting they are meant to boost military capabilities and cooperation. One of the drill's main...

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