Japan details a ‘sense of crisis’ over Taiwan in annual defense white paper

July 13, 2021

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Japanese military planners are focused on Taiwan “with a sense of crisis,” according to a Ministry of Defense report released Tuesday.

“Stabilizing the Taiwan situation is important for Japan’s national security and stability of the international community,” states the annual white paper, which was adopted by the country’s cabinet that day. “We need to pay close attention with a sense of crisis more than ever before.”

The United States and Japan have been strengthening their alliance as China continues to expand its military with the stated goal of occupying Taiwan, a U.S.-armed democracy the communists regard as a rebellious province…

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