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U.S., Philippines to hold massive military exercises from next week

Balikatan drills in South China Sea will be 'one of the largest ever'

MANILA -- American and Philippine armed forces will hold wide-ranging military drills next week in the Southeast Asian country in what is seen as a show of force against China's growing presence in the South China Sea.

The Balikatan joint exercises are scheduled from Monday through April 8. U.S. personnel will number 5,100 while the Philippines will send 3,800 troops.

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