Asia Pacific

The China factor

Print edition : November 15, 2013

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry (right) with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe at the ASEAN Summit in Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei, on October 9. Photo: Vincent Thian/AP

China's coast guard vessels near the disputed East China Sea islands in September. These islands are called Senkaku by Japan and Diaoyu by China. Photo: AP

Chinese Premier Li Keqiang at the East Asia Summit in Bandar Seri Begawan on October 10. Photo: Vincent Thian/AP

The U.S. and Japan have strengthened their existing military treaty with an agreement that will allow America to position its RQ4 Global Hawk drones, along with naval reconnaissance planes and other military equipment, on Japanese soil.
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