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America's treaty obligations mean that it would have to defend Japan if it clashed with China over offshore territorial possessions, President Barack Obama said during his trip to Tokyo. While Obama sought to frame his comments in a way that would not anger Beijing, they came as China ramped up its military activity in and around the East China Sea. "There’s a widely held view in the region that the U.S.-China relationship is tipping toward being much more confrontational," said Bonnie Glaser of the Center for Strategic and International Studies.

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