U.S. reaffirms Japan commitment, and China balks


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

China's Vice-Premier Li Keqiang attends a session at the World Economic Forum (WEF) in Davos January 28, 2010. REUTERS/Christian Hartmann

  • 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.