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The United States has begun talks with Japan about deploying mobile U.S. Marine units in Okinawa armed with anti-ship and air defense missiles, to work closely with Japanese forces on islands that prevent easy access to the Pacific for China’s military, the Marine Corps commandant said on Thursday.

“You want to deter, to prevent any potential adversary from taking the next move,” Gen. David Berger said in a telephone interview. “If you are looking out from China, that’s what you should see, a rock-solid alliance,” he added.

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