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Canada joins effort to counter China with Asian warship drills

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By ITN News Editor November 8, 2018 12:53

Canada joins effort to counter China with Asian warship drills

Built to hunt Russian submarines, Canadian frigate HMCS Calgary is instead chasing Japanese and U.S. subs in western Pacific drills as Canada joins a list of maritime nations helping Washington and Tokyo contain Chinese influence in the Indo Pacific. Calgary’s Commanding Officer Blair Saltel said the Canadian presence in the South China Sea will remain persistent. His ship, docked at the naval base near Tokyo, left Canada in July on a mission that has taken it through the East China Sea, to Australia and into the contested South China Sea, where it encountered curious Chinese warships.Last week, it joined Japanese and U.S. warships, including the USS Ronald Reagan aircraft carrier, for anti-submarine warfare exercises in the Western Pacific that were part of the biggest combat readiness war game ever staged in and around Japan.Canada’s decision to deploy ships to Asian naval exercises comes as other nations, including Britain and France, bolster their presence in a region, fearing China’s growing military power could see vital commercial sea lanes come under Beijing’s sway.

ITN News Editor
By ITN News Editor November 8, 2018 12:53
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