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Could Asia really go to war over these?

Could Asia really go to war over these? | Regional Geography | Scoop.it
THE countries of Asia do not exactly see the world in a grain of sand, but they have identified grave threats to the national interest in the tiny outcrops and...

 

BD: One Chinese newspaper has helpfully suggested skipping the pointless diplomacy and moving straight to the main course by serving up Japan with an atom bomb.  At first I was drawn to this article because the correlation made to the British Isles discussion we had in class. As in Europe, parties on both sides are seemingly prepared for militaristic interaction in the coming years. However both Japanese and Chinese governments have downplayed theses extreme positions at this time. Of course both Japan and China have historical claims to the uninhabited islands. More important than the territory, it is the climate of international relations between the two major powers that is the cause of concern. Both sides are refusing to back down for fear of “setting a precedent” meaning if a concession is made on either side, the other would take advantage of the rivals weakness and “scheme against it.


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Benjamin DeRita's comment, October 5, 2012 3:24 PM
At first I was drawn to this article because the correlation made to the British Isles discussion we had in class. As in Europe, parties on both sides are seemingly prepared for militaristic interaction in the coming years. However both Japanese and Chinese governments have downplayed theses extreme positions at this time. Of course both Japan and China have historical claims to the uninhabited islands. More important than the territory, it is the climate of international relations between the two major powers that is the cause of concern. Both sides are refusing to back down for fear of “setting a precedent” meaning if a concession is made on either side, the other would take advantage of the rivals weakness and “scheme against it.”
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