Amid increasing tensions between Beijing and Washington over Taiwan, the US is attempting to demonstrate heightened readiness in the Indo-Pacific region by exercising high-end battle technology.


This article by Jack Dutton, writing for Newsweek, makes the following points:
  • In October, the US Marine Corps used High Mobility Artillery Rocket Systems (HIMARS) and F-35B Lightning II stealth fighters in new training exercises in Japan and the Philippines.
  • One of the drills—Resolute Dragon 22—was Japan's largest field exercise with the US Marine Corps.
  • The other exercise—Kamandag—took part in the Philippines and featured more than 2,500 US and Philippine marines.


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