Panetta threatens to go to war with China over the disputed island
Panetta tells China that Senkakus under Japan-U.S. Security Treaty - AJW by The Asahi ShimbunPanetta tells China that Senkakus under Japan-U.S. Security Treaty
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September 21, 2012
The United States has warned China that the Senkaku Islands were covered by the Japan-U.S. Security Treaty, although it continues to maintain its stance that it would not take sides in the territorial dispute between Japan and China.
Visiting U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta told Chinese National Defense Minister Liang Guanglie in Beijing that the security treaty obligating the United States to come to the defense of Japan would be applied to the Senkakus, which are called the Diaoyu Islands in China.
A high-ranking U.S. government official in a position to know the details of the Sept. 18 meeting between Panetta and Liang confirmed to The Asahi Shimbun what the U.S. defense secretary said