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U.S., Japan to Conduct Joint Naval Patrols With the Philippines in the South China Sea

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Tensions in the South China Sea are poised to increase significantly when the U.S. and Japanese navies join the Philippines for joint patrols in contested waters that China also claims.

News of the proposed joint naval maneuvers was leaked to Politico ahead of next week’s first-ever trilateral summit among the three countries that will take place at the White House.

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