Japan will hold a joint military drill with US and French troops in the country’s southwest next month, the defence minister said on Friday, as China’s actions in regional waters raise concern.The exercise, running from May 11-17, will be the first large-scale exercise in Japan involving ground troops from all three countries, the Japanese Ground Self-Defence Force (JGSDF) said in a statement.Tokyo has sought to deepen defence cooperation beyond its key US ally to counter Beijing’s growing…


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