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Diaoyu Islands

The Diaoyu Islands are a group of uninhabited islands located roughly due east of mainland China, northeast of Taiwan, west of Okinawa Island, and north of the southwestern end of the Ryukyu Islands. They are currently controlled by Japan, which calls them Senkaku Islands. Both China and Taiwan claim sovereignty over the islands. 

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US treaty with Japan covers Diaoyus, says top US diplomat Campbell

PUBLISHED : Friday, 21 September, 2012, 10:02am
UPDATED : Friday, 21 September, 2012, 3:35pm

The Diaoyu Islands, at the centre of a bitter dispute between China and Japan, are “clearly” covered by a 1960 security treaty obliging the United States to come to Japan’s aid if attacked, a top US diplomat said on Thursday.

“We do not take a position on the ultimate sovereignty of these islands,” Kurt Campbell, assistant secretary of state for East Asian and Pacific Affairs, told a US Senate Foreign Relations subcommittee.

Japan has controlled the rocky islets since 1895 – except during the 1945-1972 US post-war occupation of Okinawa – and calls them the Senkakus. China, and rival Taiwan, maintain they have an older claim to the uninhabited islets in the East China Sea and call them the Diaoyu Islands.

“We do acknowledge clearly ... that Japan maintains effective administrative control ... and, as such, this falls clearly under Article 5 of the Security Treaty,” Campbell said at the panel’s hearing on Asian territorial disputes.

He told the Senate subcommittee that recent violent anti-Japanese demonstrations in China and other actions that stoked tensions were a growing worry to the United States.

The long-standing territorial dispute bubbled over again last week when the Japanese government decided to nationalize some of the islands, buying them from a private Japanese owner.

“We are concerned ... by recent demonstrations, and, frankly, the potential for the partnership between Japan and China to fray substantially in this environment,” said Campbell.

“That is not in our strategic interest and clearly would undermine the peace and stability in the Asia-Pacific as a whole,” he added.

The Treaty of Mutual Co-operation and Security between the United States and Japan was signed in 1960 as a successor to a 1951 bilateral security treaty and underpins what is seen as the most important of five US treaty alliances in Asia.

Article 5 says: “Each Party recognises that an armed attack against either party in the territories under the administration of Japan would be dangerous to its own peace and safety and declares that it would act to meet the common danger in accordance with its constitutional provisions and processes.”

The article also commits the allies to report “any such armed attack and all measures taken as a result there of” to the UN Security Council and to halt those actions once the Security Council takes steps to restore peace and security.

He said this stance on the islets is the same that has been articulated by American officials since 1997.

Subcommittee chairman Senator Jim Webb, a Virginia Democrat and veteran Asia military expert, urged the Obama administration “to respond, carefully and fully” to Chinese actions in the East China Sea and the South China Sea, where China has other territorial disputes that have intensified in recent years.

“This threat has direct consequences for the United States,” said Webb, who noted a declaration in 2004 by the George W. Bush administration and in 2010 by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton that the US security treaty obligations extended to the disputed islets.

“Given the recent incursion by China into waters around the Senkaku Islands, it is vital that we continue to state clearly our obligations under this security treaty,” he said.

 

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Sunny
According to this video, Diaoyus is just a made up name. Even the China Communist Party admitted Senkaku islands in their official newspapers, as does Washington post.
****www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=sK0dPy8L4OU
Whatever the dispute, we should look at the greater picture. China is definitely expanding its hegemony to other areas of Asia and also Africa. Being a non-democratic nation with such poor respect for people’s dignity and human rights, it is indeed extremely dangerous to allow it to expand. It will only mean more suffering in the world and the threat to our own liberties. Tibet is the perfect example of the system it will export to other places.
shouken
It is absurd that you name Tibet, rather than HongKong, as the perfect example of the system China is purported to be exporting. The largest hegemon to date, is of course the United States, who is relentlessly exporting its values, and every country under the sun is Americanizing.
Even the Wikipedia entry is more objective and more balanced than what you are presenting here.
aureolis
Incursion, by China? That means the U.S.A is on Japan's side...
babyhenry
The fact that the Yanks referring to the islands to Senkaku only, already show their position.
Camel
Why they need to buy the islands if they have already control over them since 1895? Isn't it that Japan took control over the Chinese Islands during their war against China in the past? Under this logic, shouldn't be big parts of Northern China still be under control of Japan as they claimed them as well during the wars with China and transformed them to their colonies? Let's put the facts on the table. Japans claim over the Diao Yu Island is very weak and that is why now they try to buy them to get a legal claim.
 
 
 
 
 

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