Tensions in Asia-Pacific give rise to multiple war games

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By Willy Lam,

A series of naval exercises involving troops from China, Russia, South Korea, the U.S. and the Philippines are likely to significantly raise tensions in the Asia-Pacific.

Members of the U.S. Marines Echo Company of the 2nd Marine Division based in Fort Lejeune in North Carolina participate in an Amphibious Assault Exercise in Dingalan Bay, Aurora Province. AFP/Arlan Naeg

The largest China-Russian naval war game since 2005 is scheduled to start next week in waters very close to South Korea and Japan.

While a spokesman for the People’s Liberation Army in Beijing said the drill was a “normal arrangement” that had been planned last year, reactions in Tokyo and Seoul have been heated.

Tokyo, which has territorial disputes with both China and Russia, see the war game as at the very least stepped-up psychological warfare.

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