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When it comes to deterrence, Okinawa sits in the right place

Two experts weigh in on Japanese prefecture's modern strategic significance

A member of the Japan Ground Self-Defense Force conducts a military drill on Miyako Island, Okinawa prefecture,   © Reuters

WASHINGTON -- As Okinawa looks back on 50 years of its return to Japan, the country's southernmost prefecture comprised of 160 islands once again finds itself thrust into the global security spotlight.

China's growing assertiveness in East Asia and the Pacific has not only raised alarms in the region, but also in Washington, which began to shift its security spotlight from the Middle East to Asia under Barack Obama.

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