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Pentagon corrects statement on Senkakus: 'No change in policy'

Spokesman's words on Japanese sovereignty had been read as a shift in position

NEW YORK -- When Pentagon press secretary John Kirby used the word "sovereignty" on Tuesday in response to a question on the Japanese-administered Senkaku Islands, which China claims and calls the Diaoyu, foreign policy and defense analysts in Tokyo responded with surprise and excitement.

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