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U.S. lawmakers have high expectations for Japan’s engagement in Taiwan situation

  • April 14, 2021
  • , Kyodo
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Kyodo reported from Washington on growing calls among U.S. politicians for Japan to play a greater role in ensuring the stability of the Taiwan Strait. In a draft bill on U.S. policy toward China released in early April, the Senate Foreign Relations Committee noted that the defense of Taiwan is “critically important for Japan’s territorial integrity.” Kyodo said that with this statement Congress appeared to be warning Japan to better prepare for a contingency in the Taiwan Strait. Chairman Bera of the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Asia and the Pacific told the news agency that it is necessary for the U.S. and Japan to deter China since its conduct is undermining the stability of the Indo-Pacific, including Taiwan. As the island territory also holds the key to building resilient supply chains independent of Chinese influence, the article said both the Biden administration and Congress are hoping that Prime Minister Suga will announce Japan’s proactive contributions for ensuring regional stability during the planned summit later this week.

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