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Pentagon: US-Japan Treaty Covers Disputed Islands

U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel has reaffirmed the U.S.-Japan defense treaty applies to a group of disputed islands that were included in China's bid to establish an air defense zone. A Pentagon spokesman says Hagel spoke Wednesday with his Japanese counterpart, Itsunori Onodera, to discuss the security situation in the East China Sea. The spokesman says the U.S. defense chief "commended the Japanese government for exercising appropriate restraint in the wake of [China's]...

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