Defense treaty covers Diaoyutai: Vice President Pence

Pence made statement during visit to USS Ronald Reagan

Taiwan News
Date: 2017/04/19
By: Matthew Strong, Taiwan News, Staff Writer

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – The defense treaty between the United States and Japan also

VP Mike Pence on the USS Ronald Reagan. (By Associated Press)

covers the disputed Senkaku Islands, U.S. Vice President Mike Pence said Wednesday, using the Japanese name for the islands known in Taiwan as the Diaoyutai (釣魚臺).

The uninhabited islands are currently administered by Japan, but both China and Taiwan claim sovereignty over the area, which is believed to be rich in fish and eventually gas and oil reserves.

Pence is traveling through East Asia on a trip that has been focused on the threat posed by communist North Korea.    [FULL  STORY]

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