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International relations

Submarine supremacy: China and Japan spar beneath the surface

Stealthy undersea vessels roam each other's backyards

Japan's Maritime Self-Defense Force sent the Kuroshio submarine for naval drills in the South China Sea in September.   © Kyodo

TOKYO -- While China prepares to welcome Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to Beijing next week, the two nations are engaged in a military chess game beneath the surface, in the Asian seas.

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