Fighting talk

“In such a case, Japan and the United States will have to work together to defend Taiwan”


A statement from Aso Taro, Japan’s deputy prime minister, saying his country would join with its US ally to defend Taiwan against an invasion from the Chinese mainland. He described such a move as “an existential threat” for Japan, adding “We need to consider seriously that Okinawa could be next”. A spokesperson for Beijing denounced Aso’s remarks as “extremely wrong and dangerous”.

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