The Japan-China Squabble over Rocks

The row between China and Japan over the Senkaku/Diaoyu islands has implications which go far beyond this little group of essentially useless rocks. While the rocks have seen the arrival of nationalist activities from Hong Kong (as proxy for China) and Japan, the underlying story is another Chinese move to upset the status quo in the region by reviving and reasserting dormant earlier claims. In the case of these rocks, they have, apart from the period of American occupation, been controlled by Japan for approximately the past 150 years.

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