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New US-Japan security initiative aims to counter China hegemony

The move comes as Chinese naval ships appear near Philippine-owned islands.

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The US and Japan oppose any unilateral action that seeks to undermine Japan's administration of the Senkaku Islands, said Mr Tillerson (right) when he met Mr Kono (left) in Washington last week. They made a commitment to deepen and broaden military cooperation with Asian allies.

THE United States and Japan are elevating to an unprecedented level their multilateral military and security alliance with India, South Korea, Australia and South-east Asia. The new initiative coincides with Chinese Navy ships suddenly appearing near Philippine-owned islands this month, and

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