(ANTIMEDIA)East Asia — As journalists, analysts, and world leaders wait to see what transpires at the much-hyped summit between Donald Trump and China’s President Xi Jinping this Friday, Asian media reported Monday that the U.S. and its allies in East Asia are conducting their first ever joint anti-submarine drills. They are aimed at coordinating an “effective response” to the purportedly belligerent North Korea.
“Japan, South Korea and the U.S. have conducted the first joint anti-submarine warfare (ASW) drills involving the three countries,”The Japan Times reports, “amid North Korea’s growing submarine-launched ballistic missile threat.”
The drills, which will last three days, will make use of a Japanese helicopter-carrying naval destroyer, a South Korean destroyer and helicopter, and a U.S. Aegis-equipped destroyer and patrol plane.
The Japan Times article goes on to point out that recently, South Korea and Japan have put aside historical differences in the…