2012 was not an easy year for diplomats, defense officials and cartographers addressing Asian border disputes.
In September 2012, a senior Chinese general angrily suggested that China should prepare for war with Japan. Control over five tiny islets was his immediate casus belli.
Located in the Pacific Ocean northeast of Taiwan and midway between China's coastline and the Japanese island of Okinawa, the Chinese dub the disputed micro-archipelago the Diaoyus. Japanese maps, however, label them the Senkakus.
Don't think never the twain shall meet. Google's map site wisely employs both names. So do international diplomats promoting nonviolent...