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Ron DeSantis says deterrence key to preventing Taiwan conflict

Florida governor, possible presidential candidate, says status quo is goal

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis speaks to Nikkei on April 25 in Tokyo. (Photo by Hirofumi Yamamoto)

TOKYO -- Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, a potential Republican presidential candidate, said Tuesday that deterrence was the key to preventing a conflict in the Taiwan Strait.

"The goal should be to deter a military situation from happening," DeSantis told Nikkei Asia in an interview in Tokyo. "If [Chinese President] Xi Jinping thinks that the costs of him launching some type of hostile action outweigh whatever benefit he will receive, then you will not see that happen."

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