December 7, 2013

Asia's Not on the Brink of War

Patrick Smyth, Irish Times

The Associated Press

There’s a peculiarly old-fashioned quality to the dispute that last week escalated sharply over islands in the East China Sea known in Japan as the Senkaku and in China as the Diaoyu. In these days of terrorism, cyberattacks, and asymmetric warfare, we have a cold war-era struggle over a bunch of strategically and economically insignificant rocks, between great power China, and Japan, with its joined-at-the-hip ally, the US. (The latter is treaty-bound to protect Japan if under attack.)

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