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Let's not forget two very important facts missing from this (likely in the Reuters article, I am assuming). First, the Spratlys and other regions in the nine dotted line region are rich in natural gas, and there's a lot on the line in terms of fishing rights and other natural resources. Second, just about every littoral state in the South China Sea has disputes with China over their claims, not just Japan. The US should be using this to leverage diplomatic support from ASEAN states -- well, it is, to some degree. But it's not a US-vs-China-with-Japan-thrown-in kind of thing...