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Island dispute continues to test Japan-China-US relations

Island dispute continues to test Japan-China-US relations

Updated 27 May 2013, 14:48 AEST

Three Chinese maritime surveillance ships entered Japanese-claimed waters near the Senkaku islands in the East China Sea on Sunday.

The claims come from the Japan Coast Guard and are backed up by footage shot by an Associated Press cameraman on board a fishing boat near the islands, which China calls Diaoyu.

These incursions are becoming commonplace and they test not just China's relationship with Japan but also the long-running security relationship Japan has with the US.

At what point would the US step in to help its ally?

Just how far can China go in it's territorial assertions before Japan takes action?

Presenter: Liam Cochrane

Speakers: Professor Mike Mochizuki, international relations and security expert, Elliot School of International Affairs, George Washington University

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