Authorities in Japan, the United States and France launched a series of joint military exercises in southwestern Japan on Tuesday, raising concerns about China’s stance at the regional level.
In addition, an Australian ship will take part in the maneuvers, which will last a week and will be attended by around 300 employees, according to the France24 chain.
The maneuvers come as Tokyo attempts to advance its bilateral defense relations with the United States and allies and with a view to China’s movements in the South China Sea.
The exercises, which include fighters and various amphibious vehicle operations, take place in the Kiushu region. China has repeatedly claimed most of the waters in the South China Sea.
The Japanese authorities have made it clear on several occasions that Beijing poses a military threat in relation to territorial disputes in the region. For its part, France has strategic interests in the Indo-Pacific region.
Japan has conducted military exercises with European countries a few times, although several German and British frigates are said to be participating in the exercises.