Well, this isn’t going to go over well in China. American President Barack Obama is beginning his trip to Japan today, and he’s decided to start it off with a bang, becoming the first incumbent president to openly declare Japan’s sovereignty over the disputed Diaoyu/Senkaku islands.
In a written reply to a question from The Yomiuri Shimbun, Obama said:
The policy of the United States is clear—the Senkaku Islands are administered by Japan and therefore fall within the scope of Article 5 of the U.S.-Japan Treaty of Mutual Cooperation and Security. And we oppose any unilateral attempts to undermine Japan’s administration of these islands.
The China Daily’s (let alone the Global Times’) indignant editorial staff are surely sprinting about in their offices right now, preparing some wonderful feedback for the president’s remarks.