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TOKYO (AP) — America, Canada, India, Japan and South Korea are staging joint anti-submarine warfare drills amid talks between Japanese and South Korean leaders geared toward strengthening their alliance with Washington towards threats from China and North Korea.

The Sea Dragon 23 workout routines that began on Wednesday will culminate in additional than 270 hours of in-flight coaching “starting from monitoring simulated targets to the ultimate drawback of monitoring a U.S. Navy submarine,” the U.S. seventh Fleet mentioned in a information launch.

Pilots and flight officers from all taking part nations may also maintain classroom coaching periods to “construct plans and talk about techniques incorporating the capabilities and tools of their respective nations,” The seventh Fleet mentioned.

The drills are being held as a contest, with the nation profitable probably the most factors taking residence the “Dragon Belt.”

The U.S. Navy is being represented by two P-8A Poseidon Maritime Patrol and Reconnaissance Plane, at present based mostly in Guam. It didn’t say the place the workout routines can be held or how lengthy they’d final.

With 50 to 70 ships and submarines, 150 plane and greater than 27,000 sailors and marines able to deploy at any given time, the seventh Fleet “routinely interacts and operates with Allies and companions in preserving a free and open Indo-Pacific area,” it mentioned.

That features working within the South China Sea, the place it routinely attracts Beijing’s anger by crusing and flying close to islands held and fortified by China, which claims the strategic waterway nearly in its entirety.

The workout routines additionally come as China’s navy is taking part in joint search and rescue exercises in the Gulf of Oman with Iran and Russia, three of the nations most at odds with america.

Different nations, as but unidentified, are additionally collaborating within the “Safety Bond-2023” workout routines, which China’s Protection Ministry says will “assist deepen sensible cooperation between the taking part nations’ navies … and inject constructive vitality into regional peace and stability.”

U.S. Nationwide Safety Council spokesperson John Kirby mentioned Wednesday that the White Home was not involved by the joint coaching train.

China’s dispute with Japan over tiny islands in the East China Sea has additionally heated up, with each side accusing the opposite of violating their maritime territory.

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