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Obama assures Japan over disputed Senkaku isles

Barack Obama has assured Japan that the US is committed to its defence, including of tiny isles at the heart of a row with China. His comments drew a swift response from China, which said the disputed islets were Chinese territory.

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Obama reassures Japan on disputed Senkaku islands

US President Barack Obama has reiterated his commitment to the defence of Japan and its territories, including the disputed Senkaku islands which are claimed by Japan and China.

During a state visit to Japan, Mr Obama reaffirmed that existing US defence treaties with Japan would be honoured, but urged peaceful dialogue with China over the islands, called Diaoyu in Chinese.

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