Tensions rise as Tokyo’s leaders are warning about risks over Taiwan and China, urging closer cooperation with the U.S.;

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China’s growing assertiveness toward Taiwan has triggered a public push by Japanese leaders to plan for a possible conflict.

  • Like the U.S., Japan doesn’t have formal diplomatic relations with Taiwan. But on Friday, lawmakers in Tokyo and Taipei held a rare meeting by videoconference to discuss ways to boost ties, including possible cooperation in maritime rescue.
  • Deputy Prime Minister Taro Aso said recently in a speech to supporters that Japan and the U.S. should plan together to defend the island in the event of hostilities.
  • In its annual regional security review, Japan said there a “greater sense of crisis than ever before” regarding Taiwan, after China stepped up maneuvers by its ships and aircraft nearby.

SOURCE: WSJ

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