July 23, 2012

China Itching for a Fight with Japan

Joe Hung, China Post

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Is there going to be a war over the Tiaoyu Islands, which the Japanese call the Senkakus? According to a joint poll conducted by Taiwan's Want Want China Times Public Opinion Survey Center and China's “Global Times (環球時報),” a little over half of the people on the Chinese mainland believe Beijing would resort to force of arms to protect its sovereignty over what is known as the Diaoyutai group of eight small uninhabited islets, only 120 miles northeast of Keelung, Taiwan's major international seaport in the north. Taiwan, China, and Japan have a sovereignty dispute over the small archipelago.

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July 16, 2012
Behind Japan's Senkaku Strategy
Joe Hung, China Post
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July 18, 2012
Japan-China Dispute Is Getting Serious
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July 19, 2012
Japan, China Square Off Over Islands
Michael Richardson, Japan Times
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