Skip to comments.U.S. vows to defend Japan if conflict erupts in East China Sea
Posted on 02/08/2014 5:43:28 PM PST by traumer
Washington Secretary of State John Kerry vowed Friday that the United States would defend Japan against attack, even in conflicts involving islands claimed by China and Taiwan, as tensions continue to boil between the Asian powers.
Kerry, who said he would visit China next week, met in Washington with Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida and reaffirmed the 1960 treaty that commits the United States to protect its ally.
That includes with respect to the South China Sea, he said, before correcting himself to say the East China Sea, where China and Japan have conflicting claims.
Fears of conflict rose in November when China imposed an air defense identification zone over much of the East China Sea. Beijing says it now requires notification from planes crossing the Senkaku Islands, long administered by Tokyo.
The United States neither recognizes nor accepts Chinas declared East China Sea ADIZ and the United States has no intention of changing how we conduct operations in the region, Kerry said.
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Yeah, Japan. You can trust Obama. Really.
John Kerry’s VOW and a buck might get you a cup of coffee.
How ironic to have this poser making this fake commitment.
I trust this guy
He been defend Japan for almost 60 year dude making comeback this summer
More like a nice, hot, cup of JACK SQUAT!
There you go!
And, thanks to Kerry, Iran will send up the nukes as soon as our back is turned.
Dig a shelter, dig it deep.
This is not good. We do not want to be involved when China goes for Japan. The Chinese want payback for the Japanese atrocities during WW2.
This is the most dangerous time in world history. Nobody knows what Obama would do. He is a petulant, irrational childlike thug.
Precisely what I thought, lol.
I’m sure the poor Japanese, reliant upon our military, takes little comfort in this idiots hollow words.
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Yeah, yeah. Kerry will hop into his Swift Boat and take on the entire Chinese Navy.
Or is it the Japanese Navy?
Well . . . anyway. He’ll do the job, as long as he isn’t busy doing something else.
Reagan is rolling over in his grave.
Another red line.
With one of the two carrier battle groups available at any given time...
I am a member of the mac daddy administration.
Would I lie to you, you can trust us.
Japan - don’t bet your farm...
Not if Bath House has anything to do with it.
Hardly, we are still far from what it was during the Cold War.
These ocean rocks, in dispute for centuries, are not worth the bones of a single American serviceman.
Kerry’s promise plus $1.99 will get you a breakfast burrito.
OR we could send this lady to China
If I were Japan...I’d be sweating bullets.
Look at the help and assistance our Ambassador, Chris Stevens got in BENGHAZI. And that was sovereign US soil.
Japan should be nervous.
Uh....in case you are just waking up....we’re not that far at all.
I’m sure that gives Japan great comfort since it’s coming from the Obama admin.
I think we are far from it, the tension in the mid 1980s was palpable in Western Europe, many of us expected the Soviets to move between 1984 and 1986, and that would have been the end of the world as we know it.
True. If Abe keeps rewarding historical revisionist nuts with high political positions, the backlash should be on his head alone.
From the same US State Dept that let it’s own Ambassador to Libya be murdered, and then lied about it for domestic politics.
With our present CIC it's probably pink or lavender.
If I were Japan, I’d be arming up as soon as possible. If they’re lucky, the US MAY sell them armaments, oil, and coal.
I don’t know. Several years back a prominent Japanese physicist was asked how long it would take for them to start producing nuclear warheads, if they decided to.
The answer was something along the lines of “if we’re told on Monday, then the first one by Thursday. Or maybe Friday.
Now that might just be bluster, but any reasonable analysis says the Japanese can have warheads in a timespan messured in weeks, not months.
THAT would pretty much make every other country in the region flip out. No one wants Japan to have nukes. But the ChiComs are going to assume the Japanese are bluffing, when they’re really playing chicken. I actually think we can trust Obama and Kerry on this ..
There was really only two times when war between Russia and the US was ever close during the cold war. First at Cuba with the missiles and then when the computer error led to a launch warning. Sure it seemed like things were much closer but not really.
IMO we are far far closer to a world war then at any time since Ferdinand was shot.
Yup—the diplomatic kiss of death. Japan is on its own.
You should have been there in the mid 80s to tell us we had nothing to worry about as we faced an astounding Soviet military, one built on attack.
Americans knew that we could be destroyed as a nation at any moment, we aren’t living on the edge like we did when the world was divided into two armed camps, and Europe and the United States were to be the first to be destroyed.
He’s writing up the citations for his new medals as we speak..
I think that Prince of Space will also get involved.
Oh I was ‘there’. I was there when a 3 star told us they thought NK was ready to come across the DMZ and to expect 75% causalities.
There is no strong nation today, just a bunch of fairly strong ones and a weakly led US. Add in a bunch of smaller very nervous countries who are trying to protect themselves and their resources.
If Japan is attacked, Kerry will condemn the action in the strongest terms. China better watch out, considering what Obama did to the nerve gassers in Syria and the murderers in Benghazi.
The world is not in a room filled with gasoline while the two sides hold matches, like it was.
No its in a room filled with death worshipers holding lit matches while a couple of semi-sane people argue about meaningless trivia.
I’m shocked, really.
I don’t know what that means.
If you like your Japan, you can keep your Japan...
Yeah, just like he’s defending our southern border and our Atlantic coast.
Now, let’s see...
Obama promised to defend Israel.
He has made Israel an international pariah.
Obama promised to defend Iraq.
Obama promised to defend Afghanistan.
Now Obama is making more promises about America’s protection. Does anyone believe Obama?
I certainly don’t! Why does anyone?