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Dialogue 02/22/2013 Abe visits U.S. with distorted facts about China

02-23-2013 06:32 BJT

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe brought a clear message to Washington on Friday: "I am back and so is Japan." Abe reiterated that Japan would not bow to challenges to its sovereignty over tiny islets in the East China Sea that Tokyo controls but Beijing also claims. However, he said he did not want to escalate tensions in the territorial row with China. The United States says the islands - known as the Senkaku in Japan and the Diaoyu in China - fall under a U.S.-Japan security pact. But Washington is keen to avoid being dragged into any military clash over them and has signaled that it wants both sides to resolve the row peacefully.

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