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Taiwan tensions

Japan risks security lapses in Taiwan crisis, lacking formal ties

Sharing intelligence via U.S. crucial for improving coordination

TOKYO -- Heightened tensions between China and Taiwan have underscored the challenges facing Japan in security readiness when Tokyo does not share formal diplomatic relations with the self-ruled island.

Japan's Ministry of Defense announced Aug. 4 that China had fired a total of nine confirmed ballistic missiles, with five landing in Japan's exclusive economic zone. Four of the missiles flew over Taiwan's main island, by the ministry's assessment.

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