WASHINGTON - US Secretary of State Hillary R. Clinton issued a veiled warning Friday to China not to challenge Japan’s control of disputed islands as Tokyo’s new government vowed not to aggravate tensions.
Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida met with Clinton on the first trip by a top Japanese official since Japan’s conservatives returned to power last month. Clinton announced that Prime Minister Shinzo Abe would visit in February.
Amid signs that China is testing control over virtually uninhabited islands in the East China Sea, Clinton said the area was under Japan’s control and hence protected under a US security treaty with Tokyo.
“We oppose any unilateral actions that would seek to undermine Japanese administration,’’ Clinton told a joint news conference with Kishida. (AFP)