A Japanese Maritime Self-Defence Force P-3C patrol plane takes off from an airport in Puerto Princesa on Palawan Island in the western Philippines on Tuesday, to participate in joint exercises with Philippine forces in the face of China's growing assertiveness in the South China Sea. Photo: Kyodo

Japanese navy drill in the South China Sea may lead to larger role in the region

Japan’s presence in what it considers international waters may be seen by Beijing as tacit support for ownership claims made by the Philippines

A Japanese Maritime Self-Defence Force P-3C patrol plane takes off from an airport in Puerto Princesa on Palawan Island in the western Philippines on Tuesday, to participate in joint exercises with Philippine forces in the face of China's growing assertiveness in the South China Sea. Photo: Kyodo
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