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Indo-Pacific

Japan's No. 2 raises possibility of joining US in defending Taiwan

Taro Aso calls island contingency a potential 'threat to survival'

Japanese Ground Self-Defense Force personnel load onto an MV-22 Osprey aircraft on the USS Pearl Harbor in the Pacific Ocean. (Photo courtesy of the U.S. Navy)

TOKYO -- If China invades Taiwan, Tokyo may interpret the move as a "threat to Japan's survival" and deploy the Self-Defense Forces to exercise collective self-defense, Deputy Prime Minister Taro Aso said Monday.

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