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New Japan-U.S. defense ties will make Kim Jong Un 'think twice'

CSIS Japan chair says discussion on Taiwan contingency to deepen after summit

Japan and the U.S. this week agreed on a series of new cooperation schemes regarding defense.    © Reuters

WASHINGTON -- Japan and the U.S. this week agreed to increase cooperation on defense, aiming to bolster what the Biden administration calls "integrated deterrence" with China's growing military presence in the Indo-Pacific region and a potential Taiwan contingency in mind.

For the Pentagon to discuss a Taiwan contingency with counterparts would have been unthinkable in 2010, but now the stage is set for that to be a real possibility, said Christopher Johnstone, a senior adviser and Japan chair at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington.

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