* Operations aimed to caution Beijing that US forces can carry out amphibious campaigns far from home
* Washington has power to intervene directly in territorial disputes between its allies and China
US Marines have conducted airfield- and island-seizure drills in the East and South China seas in what observers say is meant to remind Beijing of US military supremacy in the Asia-Pacific.
The 11-day naval drills were conducted near the Philippines and around the Japanese island of Okinawa by Okinawa-based US marine expeditionary units, the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit said.
Observers said the operations were meant as a warning to Beijing that the US military could carry out amphibious campaigns far from home if Washington needed to intervene in territorial disputes between China and America’s allies in the region.
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Update #1: Here’s what it looks like when US Marines put their biggest guns to the test (Business Insider/We Are the Mighty)
Update #2: Marines “Remind China Of America’s Military Edge” During 11-Day Exercise In The Pacific (Zero Hedge)
WNU Editor: This massive drill was long overdue.