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Inside China: Defense of Japan
The Senate last week unanimously passed an amendment to the 2013 Defense Authorization Bill that commits the United States to defend Japan should the Senkaku Islands come under attack by a third country – a reference to China.
“While the United States takes no position on the ultimate sovereignty of the Senkaku Islands, the United States acknowledges the administration of Japan over the Senkaku Islands,” the legislation states.
“The unilateral actions of a third party will not affect United States acknowledgement of the administration of Japan over the Senkaku Islands.”
The wording of the amendment is mild but firm.
“The peaceful settlement of territorial and jurisdictional disputes in the East China Sea requires the exercise of self-restraint by all parties in the conduct of activities that would complicate or escalate disputes and destabilize the region, and differences should be handled in a constructive manner consistent with universally recognized principles of customary international law,” the legislation states.
In announcing the amendment, Mr. Webb minced no words about its purpose: “Over the past several years, China has taken increasingly aggressive actions to assert its claim over the Senkaku Islands in the East China Sea and in a broad expanse of the South China Sea.”
The Chinese government was unusually quiet about the legislation.
The sole Chinese response was a routine editorial from official media immediately following its passage. It said the amendment would backfire and ultimately prove “unwise.”
However, there is little expectation of surprise about the amendment. Article 5 of the Japan-U.S. Security Treaty says: “Each Party recognizes 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 provision and processes.”
China’s government spokesman last week launched verbal salvos against the South African Supreme Court for overturning South Africa’s decision to reject a visa application from the exiled Tibetan leader the Dalai Lama.
China immediately used its diplomatic and economic muscle to pressure the Pretoria government to reject the Dalai Lama’s visa application. The South African government caved in to Chinese pressure but was too embarrassed to publicize the decision.
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