Source: White House
11 February 2017
President Donald J. Trump and Prime Minister Shinzo Abe held their first official meeting on 10 February 2017 in Washington D.C. and issued a joint statement affirming their strong determination to further strengthen the U.S.-Japan Alliance and economic relationship. On the South China Sea issues, the joint statement states:
The two leaders affirmed that Article V of the U.S.-Japan Treaty of Mutual Cooperation and Security covers the Senkaku Islands. They oppose any unilateral action that seeks to undermine Japan’s administration of these islands. The United States and Japan will deepen cooperation to safeguard the peace and stability of the East China Sea. The two leaders underscored the importance of maintaining a maritime order based on international law, including freedom of navigation and overflight and other lawful uses of the sea. The United States and Japan oppose any attempt to assert maritime claims through the use of intimidation, coercion or force. The United States and Japan also call on countries concerned to avoid actions that would escalate tensions in the South China Sea, including the militarization of outposts, and to act in accordance with international law.
The following is the full text of the joint statement:
Treaties, Agreements and Joint Statements: