Easy access to all the Government news updates

Subscribe and receive personalized news articles straight in your inbox

*By clicking "Join us now" you agree to receive emails, promotions and general messages from ExecutiveGov. In addition, you also agree to ExecutiveGov's Privacy Policy and Terms & Conditions.


Disputed Islands Cause a Dip in Japan-China Relations; Martin Dempsey Comments

1 min read

081024-N-5783F-001A joint drill between the militaries of the U.S. and Japan is scheduled to take place this summer off the coast of California and China is calling the move provocative.

The tensions between China and Japan stem in part from an uninhabited island near rich fishing grounds that were bought by the Japanese government from a private Japanese owner last year.

According to a Reuters article, Chinese-Japanese relations are at their lowest point since normalization of relations more than 40 years ago.

“Our position is that we don’t take a position on territorial issues,” said U.S. Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Martin Dempsey.

In the case of Japan in particular, however, I was careful to remind them that we do have certain treaty obligations with Japan that we would honour,” he said.

The security treaty between the U.S. and Japan commits the U.S. to intervene in defence of Japan if there is an attack on Japanese territory.

Japan said that the drills that are to take place off California include scenarios involving the recapture of an isolated island.

ExecutiveGov Logo

Sign Up Now! Executive Gov provides you with Free Daily Updates and News Briefings about DoD

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.