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China Missiles Deal Fresh Blow to Fraught Ties With Japan

  • Japanese premier met Pelosi hours after the missile launch
  • Kishida says missiles ‘a serious problem’ for Japan’s security
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WATCH: Japan says missiles fired by China on Thursday were thought to have landed in Japan’s exclusive economic zone. Stephen Engle reports.Source: Bloomberg
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Japan’s accusation that China fired ballistic missiles into its exclusive economic zone close to Taiwan has heightened tensions between the neighbors, which often spar over human rights and historical grievances.

The show of force was part of Beijing’s biggest cross-strait exercises in decades, and brought a renewed focus to concerns that any military action against Taiwan would have serious ramifications for Japan. That could fuel arguments in Tokyo for a swift increase in defense spending and looser constitutional restrictions on the military.