December 11, 2013

Japan Is Ready for War. Are We?

Peter Hartcher, Sydney Morning Herald

The Associated Press

The US has spent years trying to persuade China to agree to such rules of the road, but Beijing is not interested. This implies that China, as a matter of policy, wants to keep the risk of war in play. A former US official, with experience of dealing with Beijing on this issue, confirms that China uses the risk of accident as an implicit threat: "They are saying to us, in effect, you are speeding and we don't want to give you seat belts."

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TAGGED: Senkaku Islands, China, Japan

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