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U.S. chides China, Russia after ships traverse Japan chokepoints

Navy Secretary Del Toro says Beijing, Moscow trying to intimidate others

A group of naval vessels from China and Russia sails during joint military drills in the Sea of Japan, in this still image taken from video released on Oct. 18.    © Reuters

TOKYO -- The U.S. Navy secretary on Monday warned China and Russia against bullying other nations after they sent warships through two maritime choke points in northern and southern Japan.

"The relationship between China and Russia perhaps recently has evolved in ways where they're trying to intimidate other nations with their actions that don't abide by a rules based international order," Carlos Del Toro told reporters in a phone briefing in Tokyo, where he is meeting Japanese government and military officials.

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