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The US, India and Japan are set to kick off week-long war games in the Pacific, beefing up naval ties as they warily eye an increasingly assertive China. Warships from the three countries are to begin the joint exercises on Friday, after an official opening ceremony at the Sasebo Naval Base in southern Japan on Thursday. Known as the Malabar Exercise, the annual event usually involves India and the US, but Japan’s Maritime Self-Defence Force (MSDF) will take part this year, the third time since 2007. The exercises off Japan’s southern coast come on the back of rising regional tensions as Delhi and Tokyo remain embroiled in territorial spats with Beijing, which is also at loggerheads with some Southeast Asian nations over its claim to large swathes of the South China Sea.

The US, India and Japan are set to kick off week-long war games in the Pacific, beefing up naval ties as they warily eye an increasingly assertive China. Warships from the three countries are to begin the joint exercises on Friday, after an official opening ceremony at the Sasebo Naval Base in southern Japan on Thursday. Known as the Malabar Exercise, the annual event usually involves India and the US, but Japan’s Maritime Self-Defence Force (MSDF) will take part this year, the third time since 2007. The exercises off Japan’s southern coast come on the back of rising regional tensions as Delhi and Tokyo remain embroiled in territorial spats with Beijing, which is also at loggerheads with some Southeast Asian nations over its claim to large swathes of the South China Sea.

Lamenting the lack of summer movies options that appeal to both kids and grown-ups.

Lamenting the lack of summer movies options that appeal to both kids and grown-ups.

Super Typhoon Neoguri to brush past Okinawa

Super Typhoon Neoguri to brush past Okinawa

A new study explains why.

A new study explains why.