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Tangled History Snarls China-Japan Island Dispute

James437 Wrote: Dec 20, 2012 9:08 AM
China is moving in on the Phillipines too. They keep stiring the chit up, just to tweak us. Of course they want to grab all the minerals, oil, etc. Phillipines has proven that it was stupid to kick us out of Subic Bay. China and Russia will continue to push us as far as they possibly can. Russia does it in the Middle East and China with Korea.
Illbay Wrote: Dec 20, 2012 5:59 PM
Actually, RoP didn't "kick us" out of Subic and Clark AFB. There was a dispute over lease payments...then Pinatubo erupted and wrecked a h*ll of a lot of real estate. The U.S. decided it wasn't worth the trouble to repair the damage, and even though RoP offered to drop the price, we left anyway.

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...