Trouble at the Pinnacles – Part 2, Japan

April 02, 2013

Japan's policy of harsh words and soft actions increases the risk of conflict over Senkaku Islands In China, the dispute over the Senkaku Islands illustrates the usually opaque dynamics between government and society. Japan's attitude toward the islands, however, remains the preserve of...

Trouble at the Pinnacles – Part 1, China

March 06, 2013

Official belligerence conceals the varied sources of militant Chinese nationalism over the Senkaku/Diaoyu islands The Japanese name for the Diaoyu Islands is Senkaku, or "Pinnacled Pavilions," which sounds far more fitting for a sitcom setting than for an international flashpoint. Yet...

Rising Tensions

November 12, 2012

With the territorial dispute between China and Japan continuing, both parties start to sense the consequences.  The recent flare-up in a long standing territorial dispute between China, the world’s second-largest economy, and Japan, its third largest, appears to be cooling slightly, but...