President Obama expressed the “We Didn’t Start the Fire” doctrine during his visit in Tokyo, stating that the Senkaku Islands, disputed by China but administered by Japan, would fall under the U.S.-Japan security agreement if China claimed them by force, but the strength of his support remains very ambiguous.
He stated that the agreement covers the islands, but he stressed that the agreement precedes him.
“Let me reiterate that our treaty commitments to Japan’s security are absolute and article five covers all territories under Japan’s administration including the Senkaku islands.” (CNBC)
“The treaty between the U.S. and Japan preceded my birth, so obviously this isn’t the red line that I’m drawing.” (Japan Today)
He didn’t start the fire. It was always burning since the U.S. and Japan signed the revised Treaty of Mutual Cooperation and Security between the United States and Japan in 1960. The flames were lit in 1938 when the Second Sino-Japanese War began. Or in 1931 when Japan invaded Manchuria. Or in 1894 when Japan won the First Sino-Japanese War and took the Senkaku Islands along with some imperialist possessions. The point is historic events have a relation on today, and we didn’t cause them!Continue reading