Senkaku/Diaoyu Island fallout from the Obama-Xi Summit

Already comments Xi Jinping made about the Senkaku/Diaoyu Islands during last week’s Xi-Obama summit are reverberating back across the Pacific to Japan, where Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga has denied Xi called the islands a “core interest.”

Japan has denied Chinese President Xi Jinping termed the Senkaku islands ‘a core interest’ of China in his informal summit with U.S. President Barack Obama last week in California.


Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga brushed aside the reports during a Wednesday news conference, indicating Tokyo was briefed otherwise by U.S. officials about the Xi-Obama meeting.

But the Japanese, it seems, aren’t taking any chances. They plan to develop an elite force designed to retake islands in the event of an invasion. The article notes that they are years away from this.

Abe and Obama spoke recently by phone. The Japanese indicated that even if Xi called the Senkaku Islands a “core interest” that observation was not passed along by Obama to Xi.

No Michelle Obama at weekend summit

For a status-conscious Chinese public, this won’t go down well.
From NYTimes

For a presidential meeting that is intended not so much for substantive agreements as for relationship-building between Mr. Obama and Mr. Xi, Mrs. Obama’s absence will rule out some extra dollops of personal diplomacy. And according to China experts in both countries, it is certain to be noticed by a Chinese public eager for the sight of their first lady joining America’s own groundbreaking presidential spouse on the global stage.