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European navies build Indo-Pacific presence as China concerns mount

France and Germany follow UK in announcing missions

The French frigate Prairial, right, participated in a replenishment exercise with the U.S. and Japan during February. (Photo courtesy of Japan's Maritime Self-Defense Force)

TOKYO -- Major European countries are sending warships to the Indo-Pacific region amid mounting suspicion toward China over its political crackdown in Hong Kong and handling of the coronavirus outbreak.

On Wednesday, the French Embassy in Tokyo posted an article describing the activities of a frigate in Asian waters.

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