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Tangled History Snarls China-Japan Island Dispute

Dr_Zinj Wrote: Dec 20, 2012 1:11 PM
Having lived relatively near those islands, on Okinawa, for 3 years, I can tell you that neither China nor Japan have original claims on those islands. Originally independent, they became part of the independent kingdom of the Ryukyu's. Which was invaded and conquered by both the Chinese and the Japanese ever since. However, it's not the islands that are the reason for the dispute. Rather, it's the gas, mineral, and oil rights of the surrounding seabed that both countries want. And the revenues from them.

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...