“On the Senkakus, the standing US policy has been that the US-Japan Security Treaty, Article 5 of that treaty does apply to the Senkaku Islands in the East China Sea, which we recognize as being administered by Japan. That certainly is the Trump administration’s policy, as well,” a senior administration official said during the Background Press Call on Prime Minister Abe’s Visit to the White House.
The said article in the treaty says “each Party recognizes that an armed attack against either Party in the territories under the administration of Japan would be dangerous to its own peace and safety and declares that it would act to meet the common danger in accordance with its constitutional provisions and processes.”
The senior administration official said “I would expect certainly for you to hear on that subject and in fairly concrete terms that President Trump is committed to that treaty and it extending,” when asked if the topic on Senkaku Islands will be on the agenda during the Trump-Abe meeting.
“We oppose any unilateral actions that would seek to undermine Japan’s administration of the islands,” he added.