Japan, US: China continues to make forays into the oceans

United States of America President Barrack Obama and Japan Prime Minister Shinzo Abe share concern over China’s massive reclamation in West Philippine Sea. US and Japan, during PM Abe’s state visit in US, unveiled new defense cooperation guidelines.

“We share a concern about China’s land reclamation and construction activities in the South China Sea, and the United States and Japan are united in our commitment to freedom of navigation, respect for international law, and the peaceful resolution of disputes without coercion,” Obama said in a joint press conference with his Japanese counterpart April 28.

Rather than resolve maritime issues throughout East Asia and Southeast Asia through normal international dispute settlements, China is flexing their muscles, Obama added.

“In the East China Sea and in the South China Sea, China continues to make forays into the oceans,” Abe said.