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Taiwan tensions

Leading U.S. lawmaker calls for expanded joint exercises with Japan

Meeks says Congress will support whoever wins Taiwan's next presidential election

U.S. Rep. Gregory Meeks, D-N.Y., is chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee.   © Reuters

TOKYO -- The U.S. and Japan should expand joint military exercises to maintain the status-quo in the Taiwan Strait, the chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee told Nikkei in a written interview recently.

"Beijing's intimidation is not going to work," Rep. Gregory Meeks, a New York Democrat, said regarding criticism by China over the strengthening of diplomatic, economic and security ties between the U.S. and Taiwan.

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