U.S., Japan begin joint military drills off Senkaku Islands

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U.S. Marines watch the U.S. Navy multipurpose amphibious assault ship ‘USS Wasp’ with F-35 lightning fighter jets on the deck during the amphibious landing exercises as part of the annual joint U.S.-Philippines military exercise. (TED ALJIBE/AFP via Getty Images)

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UPDATED 7:33 PM PT – Thursday, July 1, 2021

The U.S. and Japan have begun joint military exercises amid growing Chinese threats to Taiwan. According to Financial Times, citing Japanese military officials, the joint drills come as preparation for a possible military conflict with China.

The exercise is taking place near the uninhabited Senkaku Islands, just 200 miles off the Chinese coast. This comes after Japanese parliament was allowed to use the nation’s defense force in overseas operations for the first time since World War II.

FILE - In this April 12, 2018, file photo released by China's Xinhua News Agency, the Liaoning aircraft carrier is accompanied by navy frigates and submarines conducting an exercises in the South China Sea. Despite the coronavirus outbreak, China is keeping up with military exercises around Taiwan at the northern edge of the South China Sea. (Li Gang/Xinhua via AP, File)

In this April 12, 2018, file photo released by China’s Xinhua News Agency, the Liaoning aircraft carrier is accompanied by navy frigates and submarines conducting an exercises in the South China Sea. Despite the COVID-19 outbreak, China is keeping up with military exercises around Taiwan at the northern edge of the South China Sea. (Li Gang/Xinhua via AP, File)

Japan’s defense minister said Chinese threats require a new military strategy. Additionally, Japanese officials say military cooperation with the U.S. is crucial in order to contain the malicious influence by Communist China in Asia-Pacific.

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