September 17, 2012

History Alone Won't Cement Islands Claims

China Post, China Post

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Victory is on the side of the big guns. These include literal guns and other armaments, economic might, cultural clout, patriotic conviction and pure aggression — all resources that win friends and influence people around the globe. Former President Lee could be partly right about Japan's claim on the Diaoyutais, but he's beyond wrong about how any nation can truly cement a territorial claim. Forget history, forget treaties. Try nationalism.

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