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Pelosi’s trip also drags neighboring states into the Taiwan conflict

Nancy Pelosi on Friday in Tokyo.

Japan probably did not expect to be so directly affected by Pelosi’s visit to Taipei before the Chinese maneuvers began. However, on the very first day of Chinese military operations around Taiwan last Thursday, at least five missiles landed in Japan’s exclusive economic zone (EEZ), which is what the ocean within 200 nautical miles of the mainland and islands is called (China.Table reported). Several of the country’s small islands are also sandwiched between maneuver areas: Yonaguni Island, east of Taiwan, and the Senkaku Islands (Diaoyu Islands), which are contested between Tokyo, Beijing and Taipei and administered by Japan.

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