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U.S. reaffirms Japan commitment, and China balks

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op politics and current affairs news for February 13, 2017. Part of the daily SupChina news roundup "Ripples spread after billionaire vanishes in Hong Kong."
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Lucas Niewenhuis

  • China upset at disputed islands mention in Japan-U.S. meeting / Reuters
    The U.S. further signaled its support for Japan’s claim to islands to the east of China in a joint statement following Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s visit to the U.S. The statement reaffirmed that the islands, called the Senkaku Islands in Japan and the Diaoyu Islands in China, are protected under the U.S.-Japan security treaty. China’s foreign ministry responded forcefully, insisting that “no matter what anyone says or does, the fact that the Diaoyu islands belong to China cannot be changed.” The joint statement was the strongest signal of support for U.S.-Japan ties under the new American administration so far, following pro-Japan remarks made by the new U.S. secretary of defense a week ago, which also ruffled feathers among Chinese diplomats.

By Lucas Niewenhuis
Lucas Niewenhuis is an associate editor at SupChina who helps curate daily news and produce the company's newsletter, app, and website content. Previously, Lucas researched China-Africa relations at the Social Science Research Council and interned at the Council on Foreign Relations in New York. He has studied Chinese language and culture in Shanghai and Beijing, and is a graduate of the University of Michigan.
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