The first contingent of United States Marines has arrived in Darwin, Australia, to take part in so-called training exercises with the Australian Defence Force. The move has irked China, but US and Australian leaders said the deployment isn’t meant to contain the Asian giant. The Marines are on a 6-month stay, and this marks the first time the US has committed to a permanent rotation of its troops in Australia. American forces are already deployed in Japan, Guam, South Korea, and the Philippines, and Chinese officials have questioned the need for yet another American presence in the region.
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