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US-China tensions

US pledges to help Japan with 'unprecedented' Chinese incursions

Top commander sees Beijing's expansion in East China Sea as part of global challenge

The Avenger-class mine countermeasure ship USS Chief transits the East China Sea in front of Mt. Iodake in Japan's Kagoshima Prefecture. (Photo courtesy of the U.S. Navy)

TOKYO -- The U.S. is fully committed to help Tokyo handle China's repeated incursions into waters surrounding the Senkaku Islands, the commander of American forces in Japan said Wednesday.

"The United States is 100% absolutely steadfast in its commitment to help the government of Japan with the situation," Lt. Gen. Kevin Schneider, the highest-ranking U.S. military officer in Japan, said in an online news conference. "That's 365 days a year, 24 hours a day, seven days a week."

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