China spy ship "shadowing" U.S., Japanese, Indian naval drill in Western Pacific

June 15, 2016 9:01 AM

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China spy ship "shadowing" U.S., Japanese, Indian naval drill in Western Pacific

OKINAWA, Japan A Chinese observation ship shadowed the U.S. aircraft carrier John C. Stennis in the Western Pacific on Wednesday, the carrier's commander said, as it joined warships from Japan and India for drills close to waters Beijing considers its backyard.

The show of U.S. naval power comes as Japan and the United States worry China is extending its influence into the Western Pacific with submarines and surface vessels as it pushes territorial claims in the neighbouring South China Sea, expanding and building on islands.

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