Today, at a hearing on "The Rebalance to Asia: Why South Asia Matters" in the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Asia and the Pacific, Congressman Brad Sherman (D-CA), warned of excessive U.S. military commitment toward the Japan-China dispute over the islands known as Diaoyu Islands in China and Senkaku Islands in Japan.
Sherman supported the U.S. "pivot" toward the Asia-Pacific region, where nearly 100,000 U.S. troops are already deployed. However, he warned of the costs of excess military confrontation over an island dispute.
"Confronting China over the islands it disputes with Japan could involve many tens of billions of dollars," said Sherman. "Japan itself spends only a very small portion of its budget on defense."