Assurance to Asian Allies
United States President Barrack Obama arrived in Japan earlier this morning, and to a welcomed sigh from Japanese and other Asian allies, President Obama wasted no time in assuring America's commitment to friends in the region. With respect to territorial disputes between China and Japan that have raised tensions on the East China Sea, President Obama reaffirmed that the US security pact with Japan, also covers the Senkaku islands, which China calls Diaoyu. As reported by CNN, the BBC and AP, President Obama made it known that: "The policy of the United States is clear...The Senkaku islands are administered by Japan...and we oppose any unilateral attempts to undermine Japan's administration of these islands." He clearly defined that the islands "fall within the scope" of a US-Japan security treaty, thus the US could step in militarily in the event there is a fight over the islands. China unilaterally redrew air zones over the East China Sea last November. While Beijing is expected to growl, to threaten and to claim "cage" policies in respect to President Obama's reassurances to allies, it is crucial that President Obama focuses his attention on the security of US allies, and not on China's complaints. Moreover, China's emerging complaint of attempted US containment is utter rubbish. US diplomats should not even respond to China's moans. If in protecting friends, an inevitable secondary effect is yielded that might be construed as containment, then it is what it is; but a country of democratic creeds must not allow a communist lament of possible containment to overshadow nor force it to under support the genuine security concerns of allies.