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The United States on Wednesday celebrated the 70th anniversary of the formal end of World War II in the Pacific theater with President Barack Obama calling the wartime adversary Japan a “steadfast” ally and the current alliance with Tokyo a model of reconciliation, with the praise coming on the eve of both nations’ Pacific rival China’s pomp and parade of military might.

“The end of the war marked the beginning of a new era in America’s relationship with Japan,” Obama said in a statement. “Seventy years ago this partnership was unimaginable.”

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