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As concerns over China’s growing assertiveness rise, including fears of a contingency — or even full-fledged conflict — erupting in the Taiwan Strait, Japan’s role in its alliance with the United States is getting renewed attention.

In a testimony before the U.S. Congress last March, then-Indo-Pacific Commander Adm. Philip Davidson said China could attempt to take control of Taiwan by the end of the decade, prompting a flurry of concern and headlines as Beijing ramped-up military exercises near the self-ruled island.

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