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Philippines, U.S., Japan coast guards to hold first joint drills

This week's trilateral maritime exercise to bolster interoperability, Manila says

A member of the Philippine Coast Guard watches from the bridge of the BRP Malabrigo as they patrol and resupply troops at Philippine-occupied areas of the South China Sea on April 19.   © AP

MANILA -- The coast guards of the Philippines, U.S. and Japan will hold their first-ever joint maritime drills later this week, as the security partners step up cooperation in the face of Beijing's aggressive moves in the South China Sea.

The exercise will take place from Thursday to June 7 and will include drills in waters off the Bataan Peninsula on the Philippines' main Luzon Island.

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