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Team Biden assures Japan that Senkakus fall under security treaty

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U.S. Marines approach the welldeck of an amphibious ship after conducting open ocean operations in the Pacific. (Photo courtesy of the U.S. Navy)

TOKYO -- Washington's defense treaty with Tokyo applies to the Japan-administered Senkaku Islands, the new U.S. national security adviser confirmed Thursday, in an early show of support for an ally regarding a source of regional tension.

In a 30-minute phone call that marked the first official contact between high-level officials from the two countries since U.S. President Joe Biden took office Wednesday, Jake Sullivan and Japanese counterpart Shigeru Kitamura reaffirmed the importance of the alliance.

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