December 27, 2012

Scary Possibility: War in East China Sea

Rory Medcalf, China Power

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The gloomiest man in Canberra, Australia’s noted strategic expert Hugh White, has added a new edge to his warning about possible war between the United States and China.  He now suggests that precisely such a conflict could arise from the sustained tensions between Beijing and Tokyo over the Senkaku/Diaoyu islands in the East China Sea, and perhaps as soon as 2013.

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TAGGED: East China Sea, United States, Senkaku islands, China, Japan


December 18, 2012
East Asia's Regional Tremors
The Guardian
The dispute over uninhabited islands in the East China Sea and the extent of Beijing's claims in the South China Sea are, by common consent, typhoons gathering off shore. more ››
CNAS Senior Director of the Asia-Pacific Security Program Dr. Patrick Cronin argues that despite rising tensions in the East and South China Seas, conflict between the United States and China can and should be averted. He... more ››
December 18, 2012
Is Japan's Abe Going to Pick a Fight with China?
Michael Auslin, FP
It seems that Xi supports the current policy of challenging Japan's claim, or at a minimum has not yet proposed an alternative approach that satisfies his co-leaders. Even a diplomatic outreach by Japan's new premier , were it... more ››
December 19, 2012
China Seeks to Create Facts in the Air
Frank Ching, China Post
China's goal at this stage, it appears, is to force Japan to accept some kind of "joint administration" of the islands. Of course, Japan's acceptance of such a "new reality" will mean an acknowledgement that it no longer... more ››
On Dec. 13, an airplane belonging to China's State Oceanic Administration intruded into Japanese airspace over the disputed Senkaku Islands. This is a highly provocative act that could lead to an armed conflict between the two... more ››