Thursday, October 31, 2013

War Of Words Heats Up Between China And Japan

War Of Words Heats Up China, Japan Tensions -- CNN

Tokyo (CNN) -- Surprise, surprise, Japan and China are still not getting along.

Fortunately, the battles have been strictly rhetorical, although both nations' military vessels and aircraft have navigated and scrambled ominously in the vicinity of the disputed islets in the East China Sea known as the Diaoyu islands in China and the Senkakus in Japan. But the bilateral spat could easily escalate over a miscalculation by officers on the scene.

It's easy to forget that last week the two nations marked the 35th anniversary of the Treaty of Peace and Friendship. Under the circumstances, the lack of fanfare is understandable but it does seem a timely reminder of what might be possible. While diplomacy has not been effective yet in reviving that spirit of amity, damping down tensions, or in securing a meeting between President Xi Jinping and Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, finding a formula to execute a mutually acceptable climb down is essential to jump-start dialogue. Leaders of nations can help by shelving the bombast. Dialogue continues behind the scenes but this is against the backdrop of frosty admonitions and dangerous posturing.

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More News On The Growing Conflict Between China And Japan

China Intensifies Press on Japan in East China Sea Dispute -- Voice of America
China slams 'dangerous provocation' by Japan by shadowing sea drill -- Reuters
China criticizes 'self-deceiving' Japanese politicians -- Reuters
China warns Japan against hyping external threats -- Want China Times
China coastguard keeps heat on Japan in Diaoyus row -- South China Morning Post/AFP
Japan accuses China of threatening peace in island row -- Arirang News
Japan vs. China: Clash of the Asian Titans -- FX
China media: Territorial dispute with Japan -- BBC

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