Australia, US begin joint military exercise

Australia and the US began their biggest ever joint military exercises on Thursday, a show of force, largely at sea, aimed at sending a message both to allies and potential foes, including China. The exercises involve 33,000 US and Australian troops on board battleships equipped with strike jets. Admiral Harry Harris, head of the US Pacific Command, asked how he thought China would view the exercises, said the size of the deployment was intended as a signal. “I’m pleased about that message it sends our friends, allies, partners and potential adversaries,” Harris told reporters on board the USS Bonhomme Richard.

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