#AceNewsReport – July.06: The US and Australia are marked the start of their joint biennial military exercises on Sunday, with Japan joining in for the first time. The drills are being held amid growing tensions over the disputed South China Sea region.
The ‘Talisman Saber’ exercises will last two weeks, with 30,000 US and Australian troops taking part.
There will also be 40 Japanese officers and soldiers taking part, as well as 500 troops from New Zealand. The exercises are taking place in the Northern Territory and Queensland.
Planned operations are being held in the sea, in the air and on land.
“It is a very, very important alliance,” Prime Minister Tony Abbott said, referring to Australia-US ties. “It’s a very important relationship and right now we are facing quite significant challenges…
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