Japan has long said it feels threatened by China’s vast military resources and territorial disputes. Photo: AP
Japan has long said it feels threatened by China’s vast military resources and territorial disputes. Photo: AP

Japan plans first joint military drill with US, France as Manila issues more protests against Beijing in South China Sea

  • Tokyo has sought to deepen defence cooperation beyond its key US ally to counter Beijing’s growing assertiveness in the East and South China seas
  • The Philippines issued two more diplomatic protests over China’s failure to withdraw ‘threatening’ vessels massing in contested areas of the disputed waters

Japan has long said it feels threatened by China’s vast military resources and territorial disputes. Photo: AP
Japan has long said it feels threatened by China’s vast military resources and territorial disputes. Photo: AP
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