FILE - In this Sept. 14, 2012 file photo, Chinese surveillance ship Haijian No. 51, left, cruises by a Japan Coast Guard vessel near disputed islands called Senkaku in Japan and Diaoyu

 

              FILE - In this Sept. 14, 2012 file photo, Chinese surveillance ship Haijian No. 51, left, cruises by a Japan Coast Guard vessel near disputed islands called Senkaku in Japan and Diaoyu
FILE - In this Sept. 14, 2012 file photo, Chinese surveillance ship Haijian No. 51, left, cruises by a Japan Coast Guard vessel near disputed islands called Senkaku in Japan and Diaoyu in China, seen in background, claimed by both nations in the East China Sea. As President Barack Obama tours Southeast Asia to push his year-old pivot to the Pacific policy, the big question on everybody's mind is how much of a role Washington, with its mighty military and immense diplomatic clout, can play in keeping the Pacific peaceful. (AP Photo/Kyodo News, File) JAPAN OUT, MANDATORY CREDIT, NO LICENSING IN CHINA, HONG KONG, JAPAN, SOUTH KOREA AND FRANCE