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Japan takes up Taiwan Strait stability in defense report for 1st time

China's attempts to change status quo 'by coercion' near Senkakus also criticized

The guided-missile destroyer USS John Finn transits the Taiwan Strait on March 10. (Handout photo from the U.S. Navy)   © Reuters

TOKYO (Kyodo) -- Stability in the Taiwan Strait is more important than ever, threatened by increasing Chinese military pressure, Japan's annual defense report said Tuesday, touching on the issue for the first time.

This year's white paper, reported to the cabinet the same day, said China has further intensified military activities around Taiwan, with some 380 Chinese warplanes entering Taiwan's southwestern airspace in 2020, citing data from the island's Defense Ministry.

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