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Japan, France to conduct full-scale joint military drills

Move is partly aimed and sending a warning to China

TOKYO -- Japan and France will conduct full-scale joint military exercises in the western Pacific Ocean, likely in May, sources said. Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and French President Francois Hollande are expected to agree on the plan during their scheduled meeting in Paris next Monday.

The move is partly aimed at sending a warning to China, which has been expanding its military presence in the South China Sea.

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