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Japan lawmakers want 'Taiwan Relations Act' of their own

Legislation to counter China's new coast guard law also floated

A Taiwanese fighter at an air base in Tainan: Some Japanese legislators want a law similar to the Taiwan Relations Act in the U.S.   © Reuters

TOKYO -- Legislators from Japan's ruling party called for a new law on Friday similar to the Taiwan Relations Act in the U.S., looking to help Taipei defend itself amid  Beijing's repeated incursions into Taiwan's airspace.

Chinese planes have entered Taiwan's southwestern air defense identification zone almost daily since U.S. President Joe Biden took office Jan. 20. Multiple Chengdu J-10 and Shenyang J-11 fighter jets entered the zone on Sunday.

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