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Japan doubling defense spending 'a good idea': Armitage

Nye warns abandoning strategic ambiguity on Taiwan would stir 'hornet's nest'

Former Deputy Secretary of State Richard Armitage said China is scoring an "own goal" with its Taiwan policy, pushing countries to rally around the island. (Photo courtesy of the U.S. Department of Defense)

TOKYO -- As tensions rise in the Taiwan Strait, the fact that there is discussion in Japan to significantly boost defense spending is "healthy" and a "very good idea," veterans of the U.S. foreign policy and defense community said in a virtual event Friday.

Speaking at the 18th symposium co-hosted by Nikkei and the Washington-based Center for Strategic and International Studies think tank, former Deputy Secretary of State Richard Armitage said that "it's a very good idea to double, or even more, the defense budget."

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