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U.S. needs arms storage in Japan in case of Taiwan conflict: Armitage

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U.S. military equipment is unloaded from a ship. Russia's problems in Ukraine illustrate the consequences of insufficient logistical planning.   © Reuters

WASHINGTON -- In the event of a conflict in Taiwan, Japan could serve an important logistical role for the U.S., former Deputy Secretary of State Richard Armitage told Nikkei.

"I think, if there were a Taiwan emergency, that we'd want to be able to store weapons and supplies in Japan in order to ship them to Taiwan," said Armitage, who served as deputy assistant secretary of defense for East Asia and Pacific affairs during the Reagan administration and later as deputy secretary of state under then-President George W. Bush.

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