US News The US committed to defend Japan-Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs
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Japan-USA: The US committed to defend Japan-Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Tokyo (Reuters) - Japanese Foreign Minister Yoshimasa Hayashi said Saturday that US Secretary of State Antony Blinken had assured him during a phone call. United States to defend Japan, especially on the issue of the Senkaku-Diaoyu Islands.
Sino-Japanese relations are complicated by the conflict about a group of East China's Sea Islands, called Senkaku by Tokyo and Diaoyu by Beijing, as well as the inheritance of Japan's past military aggression against China.
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"The Secretary of State Antony Blinken told us that the United States' commitment to defend Japan, including the application of Article 5 of the Nippo-American Safety Treaty for the Senkaku Islands, was unshakeable" said Yoshimasa Hayashi to journalists.
Article 5 of the Treaty stipulates that each party acknowledges that an armed attack on Japanese administration territories would be dangerous for the peace and security of Japan, and that it would act to cope with the common danger.
Yoshimasa Hayashi said that Antony Blinken and himself shared the point of view that the peace and stability of Taiwan Strait were important.
Tensions increased in the Strait in recent months, Taiwan complaining repeated missions led by the Chinese Air Force.
(Report Kiyoshi Takenaka, French Version Camille Raynaud)
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