China/Japan dispute becoming dangerous
Don't know how much play this is getting in the west, but rows here in Asia over the sovereignty of certain Islands are really threatening to get out of control.
China is a key player in many of the disputes, as is Japan, but numerous countries are involved and developments are very worrying.
Most recently a dispute over the Senkaku Islands has erupted with first Chinese activists going to the islands to make a show of claiming them for China, then Japanese nationalists landing in turn and erecting Japanese flags.
This has caused anti-Japanese rioting in China, with Japanese made cars being attacked...
Like most such disputes I don't think there is a nice easy answer to who has the valid claim.
Just I would hope that in this and all such disputes cool heads prevail, and that we don't let the extreme nationalists on all sides dictate the agenda.
The background is worrying...living in Japan I was surprised by the extent to which an anti-Chinese feeling is the norm. Of course polls show it is mirrored by widespread anti-Japanese feeling in China.
In short it's a very dangerous mess.
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