Showing solidarity with Japan, US President Barack Obama on Thursday affirmed that the United States would be obligated to defend Tokyo in a confrontation with Beijing over disputed islands but urged all sides to resolve the long-running dispute peacefully.
Three Chinese government ships entered the waters of disputed Tokyo-controlled islands on Monday, Japan’s coast guard said, as a long-running row shows no sign of fading.
Taiwan and Japan Wednesday signed a fishing rights accord for waters near islands at the center of a territorial row that has soured ties between Beijing and Tokyo, officials said, with China expressing serious concern about the deal.
Japan has detained a Chinese fishing boat and eight crew members for illegal fishing around Southwestern Japan.
Japan scrambled fighter jets Saturday to head off a Chinese state-owned plane that flew near islands at the center of a dispute between Tokyo and Beijing, a Japanese Defense Ministry spokesman said.