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“The treaty covers all territories administered by Japan.”
– President Barack Obama
President Barack Obama, left, and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe participate in a joint news conference at the Akasaka State Guest House in Tokyo, Thursday, April 24, 2014. AP
TOKYO, Japan—President Barack Obama said Thursday that he wants to see a dispute between China and Japan over islands in the East China Sea resolved peacefully, while affirming that America’s mutual security treaty with Japan applies to the islands.
“Historically they have been administered by Japan and we do not believe that they should be subject to change unilaterally,” Obama said at a news conference with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. “What is a consistent part of the alliance is that the treaty covers all territories administered by Japan.”
China and Japan have conflicting claims to the remote islands, called Senkaku by Japan and Diaoyu by China…
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