China bristles as Japan appoints Taiwanese ally as new defense chief

New Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga has tapped a political ally known for his affinity for Taiwan to be his defense chief as Chinese and American analysts watch for signs of the incoming leader’s foreign policy plans.

“I think Japan will continue to move forward with Taiwan relations, but we’re not sure how far,” the Heritage Foundation’s Bruce Klingner, a former CIA official who specializes in northeast Asia, said while discussing the appointment of Japanese Defense Minister Nobuo Kishi.

Kishi, the younger brother of outgoing Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, is relatively unknown in Washington, but he has maintained close ties to
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