INSIGHT – Japan, U.S. differ on China in talks on ‘grey zone’ military threats

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(Reuters) – As Japan and the United States start talks on how to respond to armed incidents that fall short of a full-scale attack on Japan, officials in Tokyo worry that their ally is reluctant to send China a strong message of deterrence.

Military officials meet this week in Hawaii to review bilateral defence guidelines for the first time in 17 years. Tokyo hopes to zero in on specific perceived threats, notably China’s claims to Japanese-held islands in the East China Sea, while Washington is emphasising broader discussions, officials on both sides say.

Washington takes no position on the sovereignty of the islands, called the Senkaku by Japan and the Diaoyu by China, but recognises that Japan administers them and says they fall under the U.S.-Japan Security Treaty, which obligates America to come to Japan’s defence.

 

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