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German frigate arrives in Tokyo as China ties cool in post-Merkel era

Ship to participate in Indo-Pacific drills with Japan, U.S., Canada and Australia

The German frigate Bayern departed Germany for the Indo-Pacific in August. (Copyright Bundeswehr/ Nico Theska via Kyodo)

BERLIN -- The German frigate Bayern is set to participate in exercises with Japan, the U.S., Australia and Canada after a port call in Tokyo that begins Friday, as Berlin looks to strengthen relationships with fellow democracies having stakes in the Indo-Pacific.

The vessel, which set sail in August, will dock in the Japanese capital until Nov. 12, according to the German Navy, after which it will join a 20-ship joint drill. The Bayern had sought to stop in Shanghai during its Indo-Pacific tour but was denied.

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