Japan, Philippines launch first joint air force exercise as China threat looms

Japan, Philippines launch first joint air force exercise as China threat looms
President Rodrigo Duterte of the Philippines. Global News video, YouTube

[Ed. – It’s not 1941 anymore.]

Two key American allies in the Indo-Pacific region are launching their first joint air force exercises as the United States seeks to assemble a coalition to counter threats from China.

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The announcement was made on the same day that American officials in Manila kicked off commemorated the 75th anniversary of the Treaty of Manila, which was signed on July 4, 1946, and established diplomatic relations between the U.S. and the Philippines.

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“Through wars, natural disasters, pandemics, and whatever else may come our way, the U.S.-Philippine relationship is … thriving at 75,” John Law, the top U.S. diplomat at the embassy in Manila, said Thursday. …

“This is a big, big threat — not just for us in Asian people, but also the concern of even the American citizens or the European countries,” Japanese Deputy Defense Minister Yasuhide Nakayama told the Hudson Institute this week while discussing China’s militarization of artificial islands in the South China Sea.

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