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US increases military drills in Asia
Training exercises off the coast of Thailand criticised as strategic muscle flexing.
Last Modified: 16 Oct 2012 03:47

The US navy has increased its training exercises off the coast of Thailand.   

The new drills are part of a strategic campaign which the White House calls its "pivot to Asia", but others see the rise in military activity as a political move by the US to flex its muscles.  

It comes at a time of deep tension over territorial disputes surrounding the group of islands known as the Scarborough Shoal.  

Al Jazeera's Harry Fawcett got access to one of the vessels before exercises began.

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