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US Indo-Pacific chief visits Japan as 25 Chinese jets near Taiwan

Tokyo awards Adm. Davidson 'Order of the Rising Sun' for protection of the country

A statue of a soldier is seen facing China's Xiamen in Lieyu island, Kinmen county, Taiwan.   © Reuters

TOKYO -- The Japanese defense minister and the head of the U.S. Indo-Pacific Command on Monday affirmed the importance of peace and stability in the Taiwan Strait amid growing Chinese military activity near the island.

The show of unity by Nobuo Kishi and Adm. Philip Davidson comes as China continues to send military jets into Taiwan's air defense identification zone. Twenty-five aircraft entered the zone on Monday in the largest daily incursion since Taiwan began reporting such activities last year, according to the island's defense ministry.

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