Japan, the United States, and France have begun joint exercises in the Pacific Ocean

Japan, the United States, and France have launched their first joint military exercises in southwest Japan amid concerns about China’s growing aggressiveness in the region.

An Australian warship will also take part in the weeklong exercise involving 300 troops from the three countries, which will take place on land, on water, and in the air.

The exercise comes amid Tokyo’s push to deepen defense ties with countries other than the United States, taking into account Beijing’s actions in East China and South China Seas.

The exercises, which include training in amphibious operations and maneuvers using fighter jets, will be held on the island of Kyushu and at sea with the adoption of antiviral measures.

They will involve a Japanese submarine and ten surface ships – six Japanese, two French, one American, and one Australian, a French Navy official told AFP.

China claims most of the South China Sea. Japan has repeatedly said it feels threatened by China’s vast military resources and territorial disputes.

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