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 Japanese Defence Ministry on Friday said Japan and the United States would conduct a joint military exercise from Nov 10 as countries are increasingly wary of China s growing military might and assertiveness The drill dubbed Keen Sword takes place biennially around Japan Some 36 000 personnel 30 vessels and 370 aircraft from Japan s Self defence Forces and the U S military will participate in this year s exercise which will run till Nov 19 Japanese Defence Minister Yasukazu Hamada told reporters that by demonstrating Japan s and the United States strong will and coordination we aim to contribute to defending Japan and securing peace and safety of the region The ministry said besides the two Pacific allies Canada will be dispatching two vessels while Australia and Britain will each send one warship to the drill Locations of the field training include Japan s southwestern islands including Tokunoshima which is closer to Taipei than to Tokyo At a Communist Party meeting that started on Sunday Chinese President Xi Jinping called for accelerating China s plans to build a world class military and said his country would never renounce the right to use force to resolve the Taiwan issue China claims democratically ruled Taiwan as its own territory while Taiwan s government strongly objects to China s sovereignty claims and says only the island s 23 million people can decide its future NewsSourceCredit NAN
Japan, U.S. to conduct major military drill from Nov. 10

Defence Ministr

Japanese Defence Ministry, on Friday said Japan and the United States would conduct a joint military exercise from Nov. 10, as countries are increasingly wary of China’s growing military might and assertiveness.

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Keen Sword

The drill, dubbed Keen Sword, takes place biennially around Japan.

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Some 36,000 personnel, 30 vessels, and 370 aircraft from Japan’s Self-defence Forces and the U.

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S. military will participate in this year’s exercise, which will run till Nov. 19.

Japanese Defence Minister Yasukazu Hamada

Japanese Defence Minister Yasukazu Hamada told reporters that “by demonstrating Japan’s and the United States’ strong will and coordination, we aim to contribute to defending Japan and securing peace and safety of the region.

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The ministry said besides the two Pacific allies, Canada will be dispatching two vessels, while Australia and Britain will each send one warship to the drill.

Locations of the field training include Japan’s southwestern islands including Tokunoshima, which is closer to Taipei than to Tokyo.

Communist Party

At a Communist Party meeting that started on Sunday, Chinese President Xi Jinping called for accelerating China’s plans to build a world-class military and said his country would never renounce the right to use force to resolve the Taiwan issue.

China claims democratically ruled Taiwan as its own territory, while Taiwan’s government strongly objects to China’s sovereignty claims and says only the island’s 23 million people can decide its future.

NewsSourceCredit: NAN

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