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Japan sees US as deterrent in islands dispute

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Japan said Thursday that its alliance with the United States has served as a deterrent in a territorial dispute between Tokyo and a rising China as it called for calm in the row. 

Ichiro Fujisaki, Japan's ambassador to Washington, speaks in March 2012. Japan said Thursday that its alliance with the United States has served as a deterrent in a territorial dispute between Tokyo and a rising China as it called for calm in the row.

Washington has stated that it takes no position on the disputed islands, known as the Senkaku in Japanese and the Diaoyu in Chinese, but has made clear that its security treaty with Japan covers all areas under Tokyo's control.

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