U.S. And Japan To Hold Joint Military Exercises In November

On October 21st, the Japanese Defense Ministry said Japan and the United States would conduct a joint military drill starting November 10th to counter Communist China’s growing military threat. Japanese Defense Minister Yasukazu Hamada said the exercises are aimed at defending Japan and maintaining peace and security in the Asia-Pacific region, and showing coordination between the two countries. It is reported that the “Keen Sword” military exercise is held every two years in Japan. Approximately 36,000 service members, 30 vessels and 370 aircraft from Japan’s Self-Defense Forces and the U.S. military are expected to participate in this year’s drills. In addition, Canada plans to send two vessels, along with Australia and UK will each dispatch one warship to participate in the exercise, which will run until November 19th. In his report at the 20th National Congress of the Chinese Communist Party on October 16th, Xi Jinping proposed accelerating the construction of a world-class military and said he would never give up using force to resolve the Taiwan issue.

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