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Experts tout Japan defense adjustment

BATTLE BOOST:Former representative to Japan Koh Se-kai said changes to military rules could benefit Taiwan in a potential fight with China over unification

By Alison Hsiao  /  Staff reporter

“Japan is worried about that; they expect the US to come to their aid, and we’ve said we would,” Stanton said.

“Shouldn’t there be a mutual expectation that in some way if we need some assistance they would come to ours?” he said.

“It’s like any alliance relationship; it cannot only be in one way,” he said.

“I realized that a lot of people in Japan are uncomfortable with it, but a lot of Americans are also uncomfortable that we spend so much keeping our troops overseas. So I just think it was probably inevitable that it would happen anyway,” he added.

Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) Chairperson Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) said that the comprehensive effect of the legislation requires further analysis, adding that the DPP would continue to keep an eye on developments.

In her speech to the symposium, Tsai said that Taiwan would play a constructive role in maintaining stability and peace in the Taiwan Strait and the Asia-Pacific region through its economic power and democracy, which would not be damaged or forced to retreat under the watch of Taiwanese.

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