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Japan caught in balancing act amid US-China conflict

Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga with US President Joe Biden at the White House on April 16, 2021.PHOTO: AFP

TOKYO - The first mention of Taiwan in a joint statement between the leaders of the United States and Japan since 1969 was couched as the "Taiwan Strait" - despite Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga revealing at a press conference with President Joe Biden that Taiwan was discussed.

The two leaders called for "peace and stability across the Taiwan Strait" in the statement issued after  their summit  in Washington on Friday.  

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