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US-China tensions

Japan, U.S. defense chiefs affirm cooperation over Taiwan emergency

Lloyd Austin, Secretary of Defense of the United States of America (right) and Japanese Defense Minister Kishi Nobuo (left) attend a review an honor guard prior the US-Japan Defense Ministers Bilateral meeting at the Japan Ministry of Defense on March 16, 2021 in Tokyo, Japan.   © Reuters

TOKYO (Kyodo) -- Japanese and U.S. defense chiefs have agreed in their recent meeting in Tokyo to closely cooperate in the event of a military clash between China and Taiwan, Japanese government sources said Saturday.

U.S. Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin brought up the issue when he held talks with Japanese Defense Minister Nobuo Kishi on Tuesday, though there was no discussion on how their countries should coordinate their response to such an emergency, the sources said.

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