September 23, 2012

Will the U.S. Go to War for Japan?

Stephen Harner, Forbes

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Is U.S. policy that we are ready to go to war with China to defend the Senkakus? Didn’t we say we “take no position” on the matter? The answer–in the subtle and often paradoxical and contradictory realm of foreign relations–is both, or, more likely, neither. But we should not think that the subtlety and ambiguity of these positions leaves all sides with the same comfort, options, and risks.

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TAGGED: Senkaku islands, China, United States, Japan


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