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Abe Plays Down Japanese Submarine Exercise in South China Sea

The Kuroshio submarine
The Kuroshio submarineSource: Japan Maritime Self Defense Force
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Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe downplayed the significance of military drills involving a submarine in the South China Sea, saying relations with China are on the right track.

Japan held a submarine exercise in the South China Sea, which also involved five aircraft and three destroyers, on Sept. 13, according to a statement from Japan’s Maritime Self-Defense Force. Kyodo reported that this was the first time a Japanese submarine had taken part.