China Shocked ( Jan 23,2020 ) : US Marines exercises 50,000 Japanese troops to Fight Beijing in SCS
Sailors and Marines kicked off an annual bilateral Iron Fist exercise with Japanese soldiers on Friday that’s designed to help Japan’s fledgling amphibious force become ready to operate.
Some 330 JGSDF soldiers are participating this year, a slightly smaller group than last year. They will join Marines operating amphibious assault vehicles and operate with two San Diego-based U.S. amphibious ships: Harpers Ferry-class dock landing ship USS Pearl Harbor (LSD-52) and San Antonio-class amphibious transport dock ship USS Portland (LPD-27), officials said.
Tensions with China have been high in the last several months, like when China’s aircraft carrier Liaoning transited through Miyako Strait near the Senkakus.