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International relations

In support of Taiwan, Japan's ruling party buries old rivalries

Pro-China politics lose ground as Asia-Pacific landscape shifts

Japan's Diet, or houses of parliament, in Tokyo. Lawmakers of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party have traditionally been split between pro-China and pro-Taiwan camps. (Photo by Uichiro Kasai)

TOKYO -- With Taiwan expected to remain a key agenda item for the U.S. under President Joe Biden, Japan's ruling Liberal Democratic Party is reaching across its traditional fault lines to discuss comprehensive strategies regarding the island.

Japan has no diplomatic ties to Taiwan. But the LDP recently decided to launch a project team on Taiwan policy nevertheless, as it had become increasingly clear that Biden would follow in the Trump administration's footsteps by making it a key focus.

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