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Vice Admiral Phillip G. Sawyer

The Commander of the U.S. Navy’s 7th Fleet, which is based in Japan, oversees America’s largest forward-deployed maritime force
Vice Admiral Sawyer assumed his post on Aug. 23

How concerned are you about Chinese militarization in the South China Sea? Well, I think even [Chinese President] Xi Jinping said they were not going to militarize these islands

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