「尖閣諸島に日本が有する基本的権利を中国側が侵しているというのが事実だ。それ以外の見方をするのは誤りだと思う」（"The fact is the Chinese are violating fundamental rights that Japan has to the Senkakus. I think it would be a mistake to treat it any other way."）
「尖閣諸島が日本領土であるという事実以外のいかなる仮定も緒事実に反するものと私は考える」（"To assume anything but the fact that the Senkakus are Japanese territory, I think, would be contradictory to the facts."）
マケインは、中国の環球時報が切歯扼腕する通り「非常に影響力の大きい政治家」（a very influential politician）である。しかも彼の発言は米国内で孤立したものではない。日本が共に敵と戦える真の同盟国なら、同種の発言で応援しようという気構えの人々は、特にレーガン保守の間に多いと思う。
The Mainichi Japan
August 22, 2013
Abe asks McCain to cooperate in moving Okinawa-based U.S. Marines
TOKYO (Kyodo) -- Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe asked U.S. Sen. John McCain on Wednesday to cooperate in moving U.S. Marine Corps personnel to Guam from Okinawa, calling for a budgetary allocation needed to proceed with the plan agreed on between the two countries.
At a separate meeting in Tokyo, Japanese Defense Minister Itsunori Onodera and the senator agreed to move forward the overall plan to realign U.S. forces in Japan, which is aimed at easing the base-hosting burden on the southern island prefecture, Japanese officials said.
The forward-looking stance taken by the veteran senator, the Republican candidate in the 2008 presidential race who exerts influence over the U.S. defense budget, could signal a change on the Marine relocation issue, whose slow progress is blamed on Senate reluctance over potential costs.
"I express my appreciation for your efforts at developing the Japan-U.S. alliance relations," Abe told McCain at the outset of the meeting at the prime minister's office.
The senator congratulated Abe for his leadership, noting that the prime minister has given hope not just to Japanese people but also to the United States and the world through his economic policy known as "Abenomics."
During the meeting with McCain, Abe briefed the senator on his government's attempt to change the interpretation of the war-renouncing Constitution to enable Japan to exercise its right to collective self-defense, according to the officials.
"While the regional security (environment) is changing, I hope Japan and the United States will contribute to peace and stability in the region and the international community," Abe was quoted as telling the senator.
At a post-meeting press conference, McCain said the constitutional reform would strengthen the alliance and reinforce Japan's national security.
The current environment presents challenges not foreseen when the pacifist Constitution was introduced in 1947, including piracy and a need to aid allies such as the United States if attacked by terrorists, McCain said.
During the meeting with McCain at the Defense Ministry, Onodera also expressed appreciation for a U.S. Senate resolution in late July condemning the use of force to assert claims to disputed islands in the East and South China seas in light of China's growing maritime assertiveness.
"We will continue to conduct warning and surveillance activities" in the East China Sea, Onodera said, adding that Tokyo has been calling on Beijing to set up a hotline to prevent accidents.
McCain expressed concern about China's increased assertiveness at sea and support for Tokyo on the issue as tensions remain high between the two countries over the Japanese-controlled Senkaku Islands, which are claimed by China.
"We continue to hear rhetoric from certain authorities in China, which is not helpful," the senator said, adding that a recent rise in the number of patrol ships in waters near the disputed islands does not bode well for "a peaceful resolution" of the dispute.
At his news conference, McCain even described the islands, called Diaoyu in China, as "Japanese territory," deviating from the official U.S. stance that the United States does not take a position on the sovereignty of the islands and that it only acknowledges that they are under Japan's administration.
"The fact is the Chinese are violating fundamental rights that Japan has to the Senkakus. I think it would be a mistake to treat it any other way," he said. "To assume anything but the fact that the Senkakus are Japanese territory, I think, would be contradiction to the facts."
McCain said nations feeling increasingly threatened by China's maritime presence "need to act in closer coordination with each other" and present a united front to China by first reconciling their own overlapping claims to marine territories.
The uninhabited islets have been at the center of heightened tensions between Japan and China since Tokyo purchased last September major parts of them from a private Japanese owner, preventing the leaders of the countries from holding a summit.
McCain Angers China Over Disputed Islands
By Niels Lesniewski
Aug. 22, 2013
During a news conference Wednesday, the globe-trotting Arizona Republican called a collection of small islands in the East China Sea that Japan refers to as the SenkakuIslands “Japanese territory.”
“The Congress in the United States resolution last year said the [Senkakus are] Japanese territory. That is our position as a Congress and as a government. I will continue to repeat that when I go to China,” McCain said, according to the Japan Times.
The territory is disputed between Japan and China, and McCain’s comments drew criticism from the Chinese government. China refers to the same area as the DiaoyuIslands.
“We urge the U.S. lawmaker to stop making irresponsible remarks and avoid further complicating related issues and the regional situation,” Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Hong Lei told the state-owned China Daily.
State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki said Thursday that the official U.S. position remains the same, avoiding a specific stance on the territorial dispute.
“I don’t have anything specific on his remarks, other than to just reiterate that our policy on the Senkaku Islands is longstanding and has not changed,” Psaki said. “The United States does not take a position on the underlying question of the ultimate sovereignty of the SenkakuIslands, and that remains the U.S. government position.”
Shortly before the August recess, the Senate adopted a resolution offered by Foreign Relations Chairman Robert Menendez, D-N.J., that said in part:
Whereas although the United States does not take a position on the ultimate sovereignty of the Senkaku Islands, the United States Government acknowledges that they are under the administration of Japan and opposes any unilateral actions that would seek to undermine such administration, affirms that the unilateral actions of a third party will not affect the United States acknowledgment of the administration of Japan over the Senkaku Islands, remains committed under the Treaty of Mutual Cooperation and Security to respond to any armed attack in the territories under the administration of Japan, and has urged all parties to take steps to prevent incidents and manage disagreements through peaceful means.
China slams McCain over Diaoyu comments
By Wang Zhaokun
China Thursday rejected remarks by US Senator John McCain describing the DiaoyuIslands as "Japan's territory," accusing him of complicating the regional situation.
"The DiaoyuIslands have been China's inherent territory. Any people's attempts to deny the fact are futile," Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Hong Lei told the Global Times in a statement.
"We urge the relevant US Senator to stop making irresponsible remarks that would further complicate the issue and regional situation," he added.
At a press conference on Wednesday in Tokyo after his meeting with Japanese Defense Minister Itsunori Onodera, McCain expressed his support for Japan in its island row with China.
"The fact is the Chinese are violating fundamental rights that Japan has to the Senkakus (DiaoyuIslands). I think it would be a mistake to treat it any other way," he said, according to Japan's Kyodo News.
"To assume anything but the fact that the Senkakus are Japanese territory, I think, would be contradictory to the facts," he said.
McCain also said nations feeling increasingly threatened by China's maritime presence "need to act in closer coordination with each other" and present a united front to China.
Onodera expressed appreciation for a US Senate resolution in late July expressing concern about Chinese actions in the East China Sea and the South China Sea.
McCain's remarks represent a breach of Washington's stance that it does not take a position on the China-Japan island row, Su Hao, director of the Asia-PacificResearchCenter at ChinaForeignAffairsUniversity, told the Global Times.
He said that although McCain's comments do not represent the position of the US government, they would still have a negative impact on the bilateral relationship between China and the US as he is a very influential politician.
"China-US relations are witnessing positive signs, especially after Chinese defense minister Chang Wanquan's recent visit to the US," Su said, but noted McCain's remarks could damage efforts at developing diplomatic and security ties between Beijing and Washington.