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Japan 'key' in handling any Indo-Pacific contingency: top U.S. general

India is 'very important' strategic ally for free, open region, says Gen. Milley

Gen. Mark Milley, U.S. chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, speaks with reporters while attending a NATO meeting in Brussels on June 15.   © Reuters

WASHINGTON -- Japan would play a "key" role in any contingency in the Indo-Pacific, Gen. Mark Milley, chairman of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff, said in an interview.

The Japan Self-Defense Forces "would be important, I think, in any contingency in the Pacific, whether it involves Taiwan or not," said Milley, who spoke with reporters from Nikkei and another outlet at the Pentagon on Thursday.

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