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nnnnn forging friendships from new delhi to tokyo across asia officials are busy pressing the flesh standing side by side against chinese dominance in the south china sea tests in japan philippines president aquino receiving a warm welcome from the emperor on wednesday while australia's defense minister arrives in tokyo for talks with prime minister shinzo obviate the meetings are running alongside a high profile you , to asia drumming up support to counter china's stretch into disputed waters , washington is on a mission to curb beijing's rapid development of man made islands , defense secretary ash carter in india right now , spreading the word to prime minister narendra modi u. s. is already the biggest presence on asian waters , some analysts say it needs to get more aggressive i think is the united states , pushed back against some of this provocative behavior , our time is land reclamation it's been going on in the last year and , is unprecedented in its case , and china is militarized thing these outposts in the way that goes beyond simple defense , of the people who are on them %HESITATION for the structures they are building johnny's claim to practically all of the south china sea , hotbed for trade worth more than five trillion dollars a year when it comes to putting the brakes on beijing washington knows it can't go it alone but with national and military leaders stepping up ties around the region the u. s. is banking on getting the right sort of friends on the side to try and hold back a storm from china more handshakes to come is asian leaders pour into washington over the next few months