Asia, Senkaku Islands: Japan And China Both Claim These İslands As Their Own. Now The Us İs Showing Tokyo

Asia, Senkaku Islands: Japan And China Both Claim These İslands As Their Own. Now The Us İs Showing Tokyo

Analysis: Japan and China both claim these islands as their own. Now the US is helping Tokyo learn how to defend them

Japan and China both claim these islands as their own. Now the US is showing Tokyo how it can help defend them | Analysis by CNN's @BradLendon

10/27/2020 12:45:00 PM

Japan and China both claim these islands as their own. Now the US is showing Tokyo how it can help defend them | Analysis by CNN's BradLendon

Tens of thousands of US and Japanese troops will begin a massive island-landing exercise in the Pacific this week as part of joint military operations seen as a warning to China that Washington backs Tokyo over Beijing's claim to Japanese-controlled islands.

Speaking aboard a Japanese warship Monday, Lt. Gen. Kevin Schneider, commander of US Forces Japan, said the exercises would demonstrate the ability of the US-Japan alliance"to deliver combat troops to defend the Senkakus or respond to other crises or contingencies."Both Tokyo and Beijing claim the Senkaku Islands, known as the Diaoyus in China, as their own, but Japan has administered them since 1972.Tensions over the uninhabited rocky chain, 1,200 miles (1,900 kilometers) southwest of Tokyo, have simmered for years, and with claims over them dating back centuries, neither Japan nor China is likely to back down. .m-infographic--1592576957489 { background: url(// no-repeat 0 0 transparent; margin-bottom: 30px; padding-top: 128.22902796271637%; width: 100%; -moz-background-size: cover; -o-background-size: cover; -webkit-background-size: cover; background-size: cover; } @media (min-width: 640px) { .m-infographic--1592576957489{ background-image: url(//; padding-top: 66.6880204996797%; } } @media (min-width: 1120px) { .m-infographic--1592576957489{ background-image: url(//; padding-top: 66.6880204996797%; } } Chinese vessels have been spending record amounts of time in the waters around the islands this year, drawing condemnation from Tokyo.Read MoreThe US-Japan exercises, named Keen Sword 21, have been held biennially for more than 30 years. This year's exercises run through to November 5. The US commitmentThe prospect of any Japan-China military face-off over disputed islands holds even more gravity because the US-Japan mutual defense treaty obligates Washington to defend the islands as if they are American territory.The US has been steadfast in that commitment, as echoed in Schneider's comments on Monday.In July, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo included the Senkakus dispute as one of the areas in the Indo-Pacific where he said China was"instigating territorial disputes" as part of a pattern of"bullying" its Asian neighbors.So the huge US and Japanese military presence in the Pacific this week adds visual heft to statements that Tokyo and Washington stand united over the Senkakus and beyond.The fleets include some 9,000 US troops, a US aircraft carrier strike group, more than 100 US military aircraft, more than 37,000 Japanese troops, a flotilla of 20 Japan Maritime Self Defense Force warships, 100 Japanese military planes, plus a frigate from Canada -- all focused on landing large forces on islands around Okinawa, 250 miles (400 kilometers) to the east of the Senkakus.Since becoming Japanese Prime Minister in September, Yoshihide Suga has been pushing Japan's support for a"free and open Indo-Pacific." He's overseen Japanese naval deployments to the South China Sea -- which Beijing claims almost in its entirety -- visiting both Vietnam and Indonesia to strengthen Japanese ties with those countries that also have claims in the vast waterway. Suga has also reaffirmed defense ties with India and Australia, which along with the US and Japan are known as"the Quad."Japan's helicopter destroyer JS Kaga steams with the aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan during exercise Keen Sword 21.While not a formal military alliance like NATO, the Quad is seen by some as a potential counterweight to growing Chinese influence and alleged aggression in Asia-Pacific. The collation has been denounced by Beijing as an anti-China bloc.Naval forces from all four Quad nations will participate in the large-scale Malabar military exercises in the Indian Ocean next month.But first China's eye will likely be focused on what's happening with Keen Sword. 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BradLendon Isola felice BradLendon Why is the US always in other countries fight Mind your own business....jeez BradLendon Works War 3 BradLendon China should nuke America BradLendon We need Trump... BradLendon Island dispute is a matter between China and Japan. We’ll settle it down through peaceful dialogues. US should mind their own business, which there are plenty right now.

BradLendon God made them. BradLendon No you were wrong. Japan were not administered Senkaku island since 1972. Japan was officially administered this island since 1895, and rented this island to Koga Tatsushiro in next year, he was paid tax to Japan. China did nothing on this island in any history. BradLendon NONSENSE China is not afraid of you. The United States doesn't work

BradLendon Taiwan also claims sovereignty over the island. BradLendon , when its good its the USA, when you lie against or its controvasially presented, it's realDonaldTrump. So this isn't under the Trump administration right. Keep defending human rights Trump. That's why you are loved globally. You stand up to China, Islamic terrorism.

BradLendon Island's disputed in fact are Japanese government sovereignty. japan BradLendon 岛就在我身边,难道跑得了? BradLendon Get Hunter Biden to solve the issue 😂😂😂 BradLendon China to kick of next global conflict. Taiwan won't be left undefended. BradLendon First of all China should pay to whole world due to their damages to global world by China virus and damping the international trade by unfair labor and break of human rights !

BradLendon Defend or stole from them? BradLendon China claims everything as it's own BradLendon BradLendon They're mine. The islands are mine.

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