Japan is today undoubtedly one of the most loyal allies of the United States in the Pacific, and the American forces permanently maintain on the Japanese archipelago approximately 50.000 men, including the 7th Fleet based in Yokosuka, the 3rd Marines Expeditionary force on the island of Okinawa, and 130 US Air Force fighter jets on the air bases of Misawa and Kadena. The Japanese government contributes to the costs of the American deployment, by paying more than $ 4 billion to the US treasury each year. However, in the event of a conflict between the United States and China, for example over a Chinese attack on the island of Taiwan allied with the United States, what would Tokyo's position be, and the United States could they continue to use the Japanese infrastructure as they do today, at the risk of involving Japan in this conflict?
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