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US-China tensions

US vs China: South China Sea drills centered on submarine warfare

Washington showcases strategy to neutralize Beijing's SLBM trump card

During a trilateral exercise between the U.S. Navy, the Royal Australian Navy and the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force in the Philippine Sea on July 21, destroyer HMAS Hobart, frigate HMAS Arunta, landing helicopter dock ship HMAS Canberra, fleet replenishment vessel HMAS Sirius, aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan, guided-missile cruiser USS Antietam, destroyer JS Teruzuki and HMAS Stuart steam into formation. (Photo courtesy of the U.S. Navy) 

TOKYO -- From July through September, the U.S. and China held consecutive military exercises in the South China Sea. While the world closely watched the heightened tensions, military experts were analyzing the nature of the dueling drills.

That is because a closer look at the training offered a window into understanding how both militaries intend to operate if a clash were truly to happen.

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