Japan and the United States unveiled new guidelines for security cooperation on Monday at the ministers level on the eve of Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s Washington visit, reflecting Japan’s desire to boost its international role.
Abe’s Washington visit for talks with the U.S. President Barack Obama stands significant at a time China growing its power and North Korea is rising concerns on its nuclear arms.
The Secretary of State John Kerry said Washington’s treaty commitments to Japan’s security remain “iron-clad” and cover all territories under Japanese administration, including the islets in the East China Sea on which Japan disputes with China.
He also said the U.S. wouldn’t accept any suggestion that freedom of navigation and overflight were privileges granted by big states to small ones.
"It's a historic transition in the defence relationship between our two countries," said John Kerry during a press conference.
"Our treaty commitments to Japan's security remains iron-clad and covers all territories under Japan's administration, including the Senkaku islands."