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U.S., Australia, Japan send signal to China with joint air drill in Guam

Special to WorldTribune.com

Compiled by Miles Yu, Geostrategy-Direct.com

Two key U.S. allies rolled out jet fighters in the U.S. Pacific territory of Guam last week in a joint exercise and show of force.

U.S., Japan and Australia air forces were the participants in Exercise Cope North Guam 2013 at Andersen Air Force Base, Guam.

U.S., Japan and Australia air forces were the participants in Exercise Cope North Guam 2013 at Andersen Air Force Base, Guam.

Combat aircraft from Japan, Australia and the United States started the drill codenamed Cope North on Feb. 7 in response to the increasingly volatile situation in the Asia-Pacific region.

The objective of the exercise was for the three air forces to operate as one if a war breaks out in the region that requires joint response.

“The training is not against a specific country, like China. However, I think the fact that our alliance with the U.S. and Australia is healthy is a strong message,” Japan’s Air Self-Defense Force Lieutenant General Masayuki Hironaka was quoted as saying.

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