MOSCOW (UrduPoint News / Sputnik – 12th November, 2020) Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga has held a phone conversation with projected US President-elect Joe Biden, with the latter having reaffirmed the US commitment to support Japan‘s claims to the disputed islands of Senkaku, Japanese media reported on Thursday.
The leaders have also agreed to coordinate efforts on global challenges, such as fighting the COVID-19 pandemic and climate change.
After World War II, the Senkaku Islands went under the control of the United States and were later passed to Japan, in 1972. Japan believes that China‘s sovereignty claims over the islands follow the discovery of valuable minerals in their shelf water in the 1970s. The territorial dispute escalated in 2012, when the Japanese government purchased three of the five islands from the private owner, thus establishing Tokyo‘s sovereign ownership.