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Doing the Asia Pivot

April 23rd, 2014 - 8:22 am

Strong words from the Professor on the Senkaku Islands:

A major Japanese newspaper Wednesday published its transcript of an interview with the president where he gave what some analysts say is the clearest statement to date on the U.S. position regarding the disputed islands.

The islands, known as the Senkaku in Japanese and Diaoyu in Chinese, have long been administered by Japan and claimed by China.

Obama told the Yomiuri Shimbun newspaper that islands fall under the U.S.- Japan Mutual Cooperation and Security Treaty and Washington opposes any “unilateral attempts to undermine Japan’s administration of the islands.”

Sounds like a red line to me.

There’s no need to detail just how much harm last year’s Syria Fiasco did to our international reputation, but it’s a safe bet China will be probing past the President’s words to see what advantages they might gain.

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I saw a report yesterday saying that after Obama completed his formal statement he told a reporter that "We take no position on which party should have administrative authority over the islands" or words to that effect.

If true that would seem to totally negate Obozo's formal statement. Sort of like voting "present" let him claim either position.
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Good Lord, the Chinese must be thanking their lucky stars (or Karl Marx's ghost) over having this clown as US President. His complete incompetence has given them a priceless leg up in their drive for E. Asian hegemony.
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Dear Lord that had better be more than a "red line", or we're all in a mell of a hess.
13 weeks ago
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No red line, China has stopped shipping the US red crayons.
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obama will support japan?

China can start building beachfront condominiums next week.
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islands fall under the U.S.- Japan Mutual Cooperation and Security Treaty

So the US cooperated with Japan to carve out a Chinese territory. Will Obama fight the Chinese to uphold the Security Treaty? Did we have a Security Treaty with Ukraine when we brokered the deal to dismantle their Soviet era nukes?
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