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Senkaku/Diaoyu issue : Pentagon Confirms Protection of Disputed Islands to Japan - Sputnik International

Senkaku/Diaoyu issue : Pentagon Confirms Protection of Disputed Islands to Japan

The disputed Senkaku islands, also known in China as the Diaoyu Dao islands, are considered Chinese territory by Beijing. After World War II, they were taken under US control and later ceded to Japan in 1972. China believes Japan illegally seized them.

The newly appointed US Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin spoke with Japanese Defense Minister Nobuo Kishi and confirmed in a conversation that the US is ready to defend the Senkaku Islands, which are contested by China, the Pentagon release said on Saturday.

    "Secretary Austin further affirmed that the Senkaku islands are covered by Article V of the US-Japan Security Treaty, and that the United States remains opposed to any unilateral attempts to change the status quo in the East China Sea," the statement reads.

Austin and Kishi also discussed the redeployment of the US troops stationed in Japan. Although agreeing on the value of US troops stationed in the Asian country, Kishi urged the US chief of defense to cooperate to reduce the burden of hosting its military bases for local residents, since for much of its military security Japan is reliant on the US...

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