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Chinese Missiles Show Japan Lies in 'Same War Zone' as Taiwan

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TOKYO—China's firing of missiles near Japan has left little doubt that Tokyo would be pulled into any potential war over Taiwan—and would be part of the U.S.-led alliance likely to defend the island.

China's military launched five missiles that landed inside Japan's exclusive economic zone on Thursday, Tokyo's Defense Ministry said, describing it as the first such case. U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken, on a visit to Cambodia, cited those launches in calling China's moves a "significant escalation," and he said the moves against Japan were "understandably causing them, and all of us, grave concern."

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