Obama: US-Japan alliance a security 'cornerstone'

NEW YORK — US President Barack Obama on Thursday called the US-Japan alliance a cornerstone of world peace and security, as senior US defense officials backed Japan, a top US ally, in a tense territorial dispute with China.
With Japanese Prime Minister Naoto Kan at his side ahead of private talks on the sidelines of a United Nations global summit, Obama didn't publicly mention the heated diplomatic clash over Japan's arrest of a Chinese fishing boat captain near islands both Japan and China claim as their own.
But he made clear that the US-Japan alliance is crucial to stability in Asia and to both US and Japanese security.
"We believe it is one of the cornerstones of peace and security throughout the world," Obama said.