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Washington and Tokyo have decided to cancel a large joint amphibious exercise scheduled for Nov. 5, one day before the U.S. presidential election and three days before China’s 18th Communist Party Congress, in which a major shuffling of government leadership will occur.
The exercise was scheduled long before Beijing announced the opening day for its Party Congress.
But to avoid undue displeasure from China, the U.S and Japan decided to cancel the event.
The exercise would have focused on retaking islands lost to an enemy force.
This is a thinly veiled reference to the disputed Senkaku Islands, over which Japan exercises administrative control and which China claims as its territory.
Officially, the U.S. is neutral on the matter.
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