Japan thanks US for support amid rows with China, Russia

13th November 2010, Comments 0 comments

Japan's Prime Minister Naoto Kan thanked US President Barack Obama Saturday for support over Tokyo's territorial spats with China and Russia and said the US presence is vital for Asia.

"I thanked him for continued US support while there are some issues over China and Russia," Kan told reporters after a meeting with Obama on the sidelines of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit.

"I told him that the Japanese people as well as our neighbours recognised that the US military presence is all the more important for the peace and security of this region," Kan said as he stood alongside Obama.

Obama called the US-Japan relationship "the foundation of our security and our prosperity".

Tokyo's feud with Beijing stems from the arrest of a Chinese trawler captain whose vessel collided with Japanese patrol boats in waters near a disputed island chain in the East China Sea in September.

Japan has also been at odds with Moscow since early this month when President Dmitry Medvedev made the first visit by a Russian leader to one of four Pacific islands at the heart of a separate territorial dispute.

© 2010 AFP

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