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Obama Says Senkaku Islands Fall Under US-Japan Defense Treaty

President Barack Obama has reaffirmed the U.S. treaty commitment to defend Japan, including a group of East China Sea islands claimed by both Tokyo and Beijing. Following a Thursday meeting in Tokyo with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, Obama explicitly stated the Senkaku Islands fall under the treaty obliging the United States to defend Japan if attacked. Obama stressed the U.S. does not take a position on the sovereignty of the islands, known in China as Diaoyu, but noted that...

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