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From subs to missiles, US pushes Japan to get real about China threat

Washington needs allies to step up, but Tokyo spots pitfalls all around

The Soryu-class diesel-electric submarine Toryu is delivered to the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force in March at manufacturer Kawasaki Heavy Industries' Kobe Shipyard Nishihama Quay. (Photo courtesy of the Japanese Ministry of Defense)

NEW YORK -- As the U.S. military pulls assets out of the Middle East to focus on China, it is increasingly looking to allies and partners to join the effort to deter Beijing and maintain a "free and open Indo-Pacific."

No country is in a better position to help than Japan, which sits near the Taiwan Strait and hosts well over 50,000 American military personnel -- the U.S.'s largest forward-deployed force in the world.

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