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'Top Gun' sequel puts shifting US-China-Taiwan ties in spotlight

Taipei's flag vanishes from Tom Cruise's jacket, highlighting new power dynamic

Kaohsiung Mayor Han Kuo-yu, right, was recently nominated as the opposition Kuomintang's candidate in next year's presidential election. He will face off against President Tsai Ing-wen.

TOKYO -- With Taiwan's presidential election slated for next January, a trailer for the sequel to the 1986 blockbuster "Top Gun" has set tongues wagging: The Japanese and Taiwanese flags that appeared on Lt. Pete Mitchell's (aka "Maverick") leather jacket in the original movie are nowhere to be seen.

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