Updated 2:12 PM EST, Wed, Jan 29, 2020

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Japanese Helicopter Carrier JS Izumo Authorized to use Force to Protect US Navy Supply Ship

Izumo has been ordered to safeguard the U.S. Navy supply ship until they both reach the Pacific side off Shikoku.

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Duterte Nixes Invitation to Visit JS Izumo, Japan’s Helicopter Carrier

On the other hand, China threatened a firm response if Japan causes trouble in the South China Sea.

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