Japan joins US-Australia war games amid China tensions

The crew of the Royal Australian Navy's HMAS Perth cheer on July 2, 2015 as they arrive in the Port of Darwin in preparation for the commencement of Exercise Talisman Sabre 2015The United States and Australia kicked off a massive joint biennial military exercise on Sunday, with Japan taking part for the first time as tensions with China over territorial rows loom over the drills. The two-week “Talisman Sabre” exercise in the Northern Territory and Queensland state involves 30,000 personnel from the US and Australia practising operations at sea, in the air and on land. Some 40 personnel from Japan’s army — the Ground Self-Defense Force (JGSDF) — will join the American contingent, while more than 500 troops from New Zealand are also involved in the exercise, which concludes on July 21.

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