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Biden's Asia policy

New US defense chief reaffirms commitment to Senkaku islands defense

Lloyd Austin urges Japan to contribute more to Indo-Pacific security

Japan's Defense Minister Nobuo Kishi and his newly appointed U.S. counterpart Lloyd Austin talked on Jan. 24. (Photo courtesy of Ministry of Defense)

TOKYO (Kyodo) -- Defense Minister Nobuo Kishi and his newly appointed U.S. counterpart Lloyd Austin agreed Sunday the Senkaku Islands fall under the two allies' security treaty, giving Japan reassurance that the U.S. position on the Japanese-controlled, Chinese-claimed islets remains intact under the new administration of President Joe Biden.

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