Japan says US committed to protect disputed Diaoyu Islands from attack amid China tensions
- Foreign minister Hayashi and Secretary of State Blinken also agreed to realise an early visit to the US by Japanese PM Kishida for his first summit
- The two diplomats strongly opposed Beijing’s unilateral attempts to change the status quo in the East and South China Seas during a phone call
“Secretary Blinken stated that US commitment to defending Japan, including the application of Article 5 of the Japan-US Security Treaty for the Senkaku islands, was unwavering,” Hayashi told reporters.
The treaty’s Article 5 says each party recognises an armed attack on territories under Japan’s administration would be dangerous to its peace and safety, and it would act to meet the common threat.
Last week, Kishida had a brief conversation with Biden on the sidelines of the UN climate summit in Glasgow during which the two agreed to enhance bilateral alliance and closely cooperate toward a free and open Indo-Pacific.
Diaoyu-Senkaku islands spat deepens as Japan warns China over coastguard ships in East China Sea
Cross-strait tensions have been rising in recent months, with Taiwan complaining for a year or more of repeated missions by China’s air force near the self-ruled island that Beijing claims as its own.
Hayashi and Blinken strongly opposed China’s unilateral attempts to change the status quo in the East and South China Seas, and agreed on close cooperation between the two allies in responding to issues regarding Beijing, the Japanese Foreign Ministry said in a statement.
Additional reporting by Kyodo