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Japan joins U.S.-Indonesian military drill for first time

Garuda Shield aims to build partnerships, deter Chinese aggression

Japan Ground Self-Defense Force personnel receive water from Indonesian soldiers during the Garuda Shield exercises in Baturaja, Indonesia, on Aug. 3.   © Antara Foto/Reuters

BATURAJA, Indonesia/TOKYO -- Sunday marked the last day of a multinational military exercise in Indonesia that featured Japan, Australia and Singapore for the first time.

Garuda Shield is an annual joint exercise between the U.S. Army and the Indonesian Army that dates back to 2007. 

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