Japan–Taiwan ‘Security’ Talks: Something New and Significant

Naval vessels from the United States, Japan, India, and the Philippines conduct formation exercises and communication drills in the South China Sea in May 2019. (Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force/U.S. Navy)
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Commentary Change comes slowly in Japan—especially when it involves national defense. But sometimes, something happens that causes one to raise an eyebrow. On Aug. 27, two Japanese Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) politicians, both defense specialists, held virtual “security” discussions with two counterparts from Taiwan’s ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP). This was a first—and an eyebrow-raiser. The following commentary disc
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