Washington, DC, United States (4E) – A U.S. lawmaker legislation, reaffirming United States support to Japan with China over the disputed islands in the East China Sea has sparked criticism from Beijing.
The amendment-attached to the US National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2013 and passed last week, state the US “takes no position” on the sovereignty of the islands, it “acknowledges the administration of Japan” over the islands.
It further stated that “unilateral actions of a third party” would not affect its position.
The US Senate is still debating the full bill. The Senate and US House both must pass the legislation and President Barack Obama must sign it before it becomes law.
Chinese Foreign Ministry said Beijing “expresses serious concern and firm opposition” to the amendment.
The amendment reaffirms the US commitment to Japan under the Treaty of Mutual Cooperation and Security and warned that an armed attack against either party “in the territories under the administration of Japan” would be met in accordance with its provisions.
The US has earlier said it will not take sides but the legislation according to Beijing is showing partiality.
The friction between China and Japan escalated over claims on the Diaoyu, or Senkaku, islands in the East China Sea and the Spratlys in the South China Sea, which are estimated to hold energy reserves.
China’s emergence as an economic and military power has prompted the U.S. to increase its presence in the Asia-Pacific region, working with countries that express anxiety about the prospect of Chinese dominance.