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Shinzo Abe

Marines storm Australian beach in war games, under China's gaze

CANBERRA, Australia ��� Inflatable boats crammed with camouflaged soldiers power onto a remote beach crawling with Australian, U.S. and Japanese commandos watched by officers from China. The drills in Australia's remote Top End are the biggest war games on the military calendar as 30,000 personnel practice beach landings, parachuting and bush survival. Attended by Chinese observers, they reflect the delicate dance playing out in a region wracked by territorial tensions. Australia plays a significant role in Pacific security. The challenge for the country as a middle power in Asia is how to further build strategic ties with Japan, a mutual U.S. ally, without...