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Japan moving on pledge to strengthen Senkaku defense in face of China claims

Japan moving on pledge to strengthen Senkaku defense in face of China claims
The U.S. has declined to take a position on the islands’ sovereignty; however, Presidents Barack Obama and Donald Trump both have said they fall under the U.S.-Japan security alliance.

JAPAN COAST GUARD Japan's Cabinet pledged recently to add new ships and aircraft to the nation’s coast guard this year in response to an increasing Chinese naval presence in the East China Sea.Chinese vessels in 2020 made a record 333 trips to the area around the Senkaku Islands that Japan claims as its contiguous waters, besting the previous year’s record of 282, according to the Japan Coast Guard website.The Chinese stayed in those waters a record 111 consecutive days while periodically harassing Japanese fishing boats, according to the Japan Coast Guard.In 2020 the Japan Coast Guard added four new boats and a helicopter, and this year plans an additional large patrol craft with a helicopter pad, another helicopter and a jet aircraft, according to the coast guard website.

” Suga, Motegi, Defense Minister Nobuo Kishi and coast guard commissioner Takahiro Okushima at that meeting discussed progress on a 2016 plan to bolster the coast guard, according to the minutes posted on the coast guard website.Kishi promised greater cooperation with the coast guard.

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