US forces carried out a military exercise in waters close to disputed islands in the East China Sea in mid-February, ahead of a Quad meeting and a visit by top US officials to Japan, national broadcaster NHK reported on Thursday.The manoeuvres involved transport aircraft airdropping supplies off the Diaoyu Islands, which China claims as its sovereign territory but which Japan controls and refers to as the Senkaku Islands.NHK said the US personnel did not set foot on the ground during the…



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