Days after US Secretary of State Michael Pompeo called “for a new alliance of democracies” to counter Beijing’s aggressive policies, the White House in its latest has lent a helping hand to Japan to handle Beijing’s repeated incursions into the waters surrounding the Senkaku Islands, Nikkei Asian Review reported.
“The United States is 100 per cent absolutely steadfast in its commitment to help the government of Japan with the situation,” Lt. Gen. Kevin Schneider, the highest-ranking US military officer in Japan, was quoted as saying in a virtual press briefing. “That’s 365 days a year, 24 hours a day, seven days a week.”
He further said the Chinese ships usually “would go in and out a couple of times a month and now we are seeing them basically park and truly challenge Japan’s administration.”
“The duration of the incursions is beyond anything that we’ve seen in a long, long time,” he said while adding that the US was offering Japan surveillance and reconnaissance assistance to assess the situation.
While the US giving explicit support is rare, it comes ahead of the end of a Chinese seasonal fishing ban scheduled for mid-August, the Nikkei Asian Review reported.