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US, Philippine, Japan forces hold disaster-response drills

More than 2,000 U.S. and Philippine military personnel, along with a small contingent of Japanese forces, began annual combat exercises on Wednesday aimed at responding rapidly to crises and natural disasters and underscoring their commitment to keep the region free and open. The 10-day drills, which include amphibious assault and live-fire exercises, opened at Subic Freeport, a former U.S. naval base northwest of Manila. They will also include humanitarian work in six northern Philippine provinces. China has often branded military exercises involving the US and its allies, especially in or near the disputed South China Sea, as a threat to its security interests. US and Philippine officials said the exercises aim to address terrorism, security and humanitarian concerns during natural disasters. These activities represent an increase in military capability and a commitment to a free and open Indo-Pacific region and demonstrate the ability to forward deploy forces in the event of a ..

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