April 24, 2014

U.S. Should Step Back from East China Sea Dispute

Wu Xinbo, New York Times

The Associated Press

The United States has been a destabilizing force in the dispute between China and Japan over the sovereignty of a small chain of islands in the East China Sea. Not only did Washington create the problem in 1971 by arbitrarily returning the administrative rights of the islands to Japan, but America’s claim that its security alliance with Japan applies to the tiny islands has emboldened Tokyo to take a more aggressive stance toward Beijing.

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TAGGED: Barack Obama, Asia Pivot, United States, U.S. Foreign Policy, Diaoyu Islands, Senkaku Islands, East China Sea, Japan, China

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