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Michael Cole, National Interest: China's Permanent Conflict Strategy Is A Stroke of Genius
Permanent conflict in alternating areas, not war, best suits Beijing’s interests.
Tokyo lodged a series of protests over the weekend regarding renewed Chinese activity in the disputed East China Sea. Japan has claimed that China recently installed a radar on a Chinese offshore gas platform.
Japan’s protests occurred after incursions by as many as 230 Chinese fishing vessels and six coast guard ships in contiguous zones surrounding the Senkakus on Saturday, and intrusions by two Chinese coast guard vessels into the territorial waters around the islets on Sunday. On Friday, eight Chinese fishing and coast guard vessels also reportedly entered territorial waters around the Senkakus. Tokyo, which administers and claims ownership over three of the Senkaku islets—Uotsuri, Kitakojima and Minamikojima—has been locked in a longstanding dispute with Beijing over the area, which is also claimed by Taiwan.
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WNU Editor: I first noticed this change in "Chinese behaviour" about 5 years ago. It was noteworthy because it was clear that nationalism was replacing communism as the primary ideology for the Central government .... and doubly reflected in the media.