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Japan to join U.S., Australia war games amid growing China tensions

U.S. military forces aboard Amphibious Assault Vehicles (AAV) manuevre on South China Sea near the shore of San Antonio, Zambales during the annual "Balikatan" (shoulder-to-shoulder) war games with Filipino soldiers in northern Philippines April 21, 2015. REUTERS/Erik De Castro

U.S. military forces aboard Amphibious Assault Vehicles (AAV) manuevre on South China Sea near the shore of San Antonio, Zambales during the annual "Balikatan" (shoulder-to-shoulder) war games with Filipino soldiers in northern Philippines April 21,...more

U.S. military forces aboard Amphibious Assault Vehicles (AAV) manuevre on South China Sea near the shore of San Antonio, Zambales during the annual "Balikatan" (shoulder-to-shoulder) war games with Filipino soldiers in northern Philippines April 21, 2015. REUTERS/Erik De Castro
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A U.S. Navy crewman aboard a P-8A Poseidon surveillance aircraft views a computer screen purportedly showing Chinese construction on the reclaimed land of Fiery Cross Reef in the disputed Spratly Islands in the South China Sea, in this file still image from video provided by the United States Navy on May 21, 2015. REUTERS/U.S. Navy/Handout via Reuters/Files

A U.S. Navy crewman aboard a P-8A Poseidon surveillance aircraft views a computer screen purportedly showing Chinese construction on the reclaimed land of Fiery Cross Reef in the disputed Spratly Islands in the South China Sea, in this file still...more

A U.S. Navy crewman aboard a P-8A Poseidon surveillance aircraft views a computer screen purportedly showing Chinese construction on the reclaimed land of Fiery Cross Reef in the disputed Spratly Islands in the South China Sea, in this file still image from video provided by the United States Navy on May 21, 2015. REUTERS/U.S. Navy/Handout via Reuters/Files
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A visitor takes a picture of a model of Japan Maritime Self-Defense Forces Soryu diesel-electric submarine at the MAST Asia defence exhibition and conference in Yokohama, south of Tokyo, in this May 13, 2015 file photo. REUTERS/Toru Hanai/Files

A visitor takes a picture of a model of Japan Maritime Self-Defense Forces Soryu diesel-electric submarine at the MAST Asia defence exhibition and conference in Yokohama, south of Tokyo, in this May 13, 2015 file photo. REUTERS/Toru Hanai/Files

A visitor takes a picture of a model of Japan Maritime Self-Defense Forces Soryu diesel-electric submarine at the MAST Asia defence exhibition and conference in Yokohama, south of Tokyo, in this May 13, 2015 file photo. REUTERS/Toru Hanai/Files
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