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Taiwan is 'extremely' important, Japan's diplomatic guideline says

Tokyo supports WHO bid, but also touts warmer China ties

Lawmakers of Japan's ruling party had pressed for more reference to Taiwan in the diplomatic bluebook. (Photo by Uichiro Kasai)

TOKYO -- Japan called Taiwan an "extremely important partner" in this year's annual foreign policy report submitted Tuesday, a step forward from last year's description of "crucial partner and an important friend."

The wording seen in Diplomatic Bluebook 2020, presented by Foreign Minister Toshimitsu Motegi to the cabinet, emphasized the relationship amid mounting tensions over the self-governed island's status.

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