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Obama: Senkaku are under the protection of the security treaty between the US and Japan
US President Barack Obama, during his visit to Tokyo, stated that the disputed Senkaku Islands, claimed by Japan and China, are protected by a security agreement concluded by Washington and Tokyo. It is reported by the Japanese Yomiuri Shimbun. This statement was made by the American president during a press conference following a meeting with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in Tokyo.
Obama also stressed that the alliance between Japan and the United States is the basis for the prosperity of the Asia-Pacific region.
Abe, in turn, said that the two countries had breathed new life into the alliance, adding that the sides had confirmed the leading role of their alliance in ensuring peace in Asia. Also, the Japanese prime minister stressed that the countries agreed to continue negotiations at the ministerial level on partnership issues.
Obama's statement, implying that the disputed Senkaku Islands belong to Japan, has displeased the authorities of the PRC.
China claims the uninhabited Senkaku Islands (Diaoyu) in the East China Sea, which Japan considers its territory. The installation in the area of the islands of the Chinese air defense zone led to a serious aggravation of Sino-Japanese relations.