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Obama in Tokyo backs Japan in China island row

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US President Barack Obama vowed Thursday to defend Japan if China attacks over a tense territorial dispute, but also urged Beijing to step in to thwart North Korea's "dangerous" nuclear march. 

US President Barack Obama (R) speaks with Japanese Empress Michiko during the official state dinner at the Imperial Palace in Tokyo on April 24, 2014

In Tokyo on the first leg of his Asian tour, Obama stopped short however of fully endorsing Japanese sovereignty over disputed East China Sea islands, keeping one eye on Beijing where his trip is being weighed for any hint of US hostility.

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