Thursday, March 21, 2013

U.S. And Japan Review Worst-Case Plans For Disputed Islands

US, Japan Review Worst-Case Plans For Island Dispute -- Space Daily/AFP

US and Japanese officers are discussing worst-case contingency plans for retaking disputed islands in the East China Sea if China moves to seize them, US officials said Wednesday.

Japan's Nikkei newspaper first reported the talks, which prompted a strong reaction from China.

"We have contingency plans and we discuss them with allies," a US official told AFP speaking on condition of anonymity, saying it was "natural" that the two governments would confer on emergency scenarios given recent tensions.

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More News On The U.S. And Japan Reviewing Worst-Case Plans For Disputed Islands And China's Reaction

U.S., Japan Update Plans to Defend Islands -- Wall Street Journal
Japan, U.S. Drafting Plan to Defend Disputed Islands -- Chosun Ilbo
China affirms ‘steadfast’ military defense of its territories against US & Japan -- Japan Daily Press
China vows "steadfast" defence as Japan-US plan reported -- Chinese News Asia
China "extremely concerned" about U.S.-Japan island talk -- Reuters
China concerned over Japan-US plans to defend disputed islands -- Economic Times

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