外文标题：Japan joins US-Australia war games amid China tensions
SYDNEY: The United States and Australia kicked off a massive joint biennial military exercise on Sunday, with Japan taking part for the first time as tensions with China over territorial rows loom over the drills.
The two-week "Talisman Sabre" exercise in the Northern Territory and Queensland state involves 30,000 personnel from the US and Australia practising operations at sea, in the air and on land.
Some 40 personnel from Japan's army — the Ground Self-Defense Force (JGSDF) — will join the American contingent, while more than 500 troops from New Zealand are also involved in the exercise, which concludes on July 21.
"It is a very, very important alliance," Prime Minister Tony Abbott said Friday in Sydney on board the USS Blue Ridge, which is taking part in the exercise, referring to Australia-US ties.
"It's a very important relationship and right now we are facing quite significant challenges in many parts of the world but particularly in the Middle East."
The war games, being held for the sixth time, come as China flexes its strategic and economic muscle in the region.
rakesh A (Hyd)
India should hopefully take part in these exercises going ahead, and kind of form an alliance with Vietnam, Malasyia, Taiwan etc.....
raj () 11 hrs ago
China should not opt to be a bully now. it should be hero of Asia.
Paatchu () 12 hrs ago
INDiA should also join this alliance..China is bit arrogant in showing its muscles
Shankar Narayan Sarma (Ghaziabad)
The Chinese pride has a fall near by. Expansionist China will be isolated and boycotted by the world community if it crossing the limits.
Nagabhushana () 14 hrs ago
India must join
Shakti OM (KAILASH)
to check and balance China
Harbhajan Singh Ghuman () 14 hrs ago
India should not b mearlysuppotive in thisexercise but should take active part in this excercise to show china that we also have friends
sumantacaptain captain (mumbai)
all other country who share border with china except pakhisthan should join this including INDIA
Kannan (Ahmedabad) 14 hrs ago
To call India an American ally is streching imagination. India finds it difficult to trust US because the latter has generally been anti India when it matters. Even now, US is giving billions of dollars of military aid to Pakistan knowing fully well that the major part of the money is spent against India. US has much greater economic links with China and it is difficult to imagine US coming to India's aid if China or Pakistan were to attack India.
Mohsin Khan (Bandra)
Time to encircle China with a necklace of allies and pull the necklace tight!