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Return of 'Top Gun' flag patches speaks of wider U.S.-China schism

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In the movie "Top Gun: Maverick," Tom Cruise's character battles with an unnamed hostile nation.   © 2022 Paramount Pictures Corporation. All rights reserved.

TOKYO -- My first trip to a movie theater in three years since before the pandemic was to see "Top Gun: Maverick," starring Tom Cruise.

The aim was to see with my own eyes whether the Japanese- and Taiwanese-flag patches that adorned the jacket of the Navy pilot played by Cruise in the 1986 original were still there.

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