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Thursday, April 24, 2014
Obama vows U.S. will defend Japan over Senkakus
From the Philippine News Agency (Apr 24): Obama vows U.S. will defend Japan over Senkakus
U.S. President Barack Obama said Thursday the SenkakuIslands fall under the Japan-U.S.
security treaty in a show of U.S.
commitment to defending the Japanese-administered islands in the East China Sea
against any attempt by China
to seize them by force.
"Let me reiterate that our treaty commitment to Japan's security is absolute, and Article 5
covers all territories under Japan's
administration, including the SenkakuIslands," Obama said at a joint news conference
with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe after a summit in Tokyo.
Obama became the first U.S. President to make such a commitment in public.