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Amid Tension With China, Japan Says US Has Committed To Defend It

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Japanese Foreign Minister Yoshimasa Hayashi recently spoke by phone with US Secretary of State Antony Blinken.

Japan’s new Foreign Minister Yoshimasa Hayashi said on Saturday that US Secretary of State Antony Blinken assured him in a phone call that the US commitment to defend Japan, including the southern islets claimed by China, was unwavering.

Japan’s relations with China have been hampered by a territorial dispute over a group of Japanese-administered islands in the East China Sea, called Senkaku in Japan and Diaoyu in China, as well as by the legacy of aggression military past of Japan.

“Secretary Blinken said the United States’ commitment to defend Japan, including the application of Article 5 of the Japan-United States Security Treaty for the Senkaku Islands, was steadfast,” Hayashi told reporters. .

Article 5 of the treaty states that each party recognizes that an armed attack on territories under Japanese administration would be dangerous to its peace and security, and that it would act to deal with the common danger.

Hayashi said that he and Blinken shared the view that peace and stability in the Taiwan Strait were important.

Tensions across the strait have increased in recent months, with Taiwan complaining for a year or more about repeated Chinese air force missions near the autonomous island that Beijing claims to be its own.

Hayashi and Blinken have strongly opposed China’s unilateral attempts to change the status quo in the East and South China Seas, and have agreed to close cooperation between the two allies to answer questions regarding China, the said. Japanese Foreign Ministry in a written statement.

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