Published on Sep 23, 2012
There's been a lot of news recently about protesting in China against the Japanese government purchasing some islands. So what's the big deal?! This video explains the situation.
Also, some people seem concerned that this may lead to war, but I can confidently say that won't happen. These islands have been disputed for roughly 40 years--this is not a recent issue. This is just a way for Chinese citizens to blow off some steam and the Chinese government to save face in front of its citizens. The issue will die down, like it always does. Until there is a shift in the dynamics of East Asia both governments are going to keep this dispute at a stalemate. No one would gain anything from war, and that is absolutely the last thing either country wants to happen.
Some sources I have used (I have more for those interested, especially for other aspects of Sino-Japanese relations, such as war crimes [yasukuni, comfort women, textbook controversies, etc]):
Blanchard, Jean-Marc F. "The U.S. Role in the Sino-Japanese Dispute over the Diaoyu (Senkaku) Islands, 1945-1971*." The China Quarterly No. 161, (March 2010): 95-123.
Charney, Jonathan I. "Central East Asian Maritime Boundaries and the Law of the Sea." The American Journal of International Law Vol. 89 No. 4 (October 1995): 724-749.
"China's Diaoyu's Islands Sovereignty is Undeniable." Bejing Time (25 May 2003).
CNN Wire Staff. "China accused of invading disputed islands." CNN (2 October 2010).
Downs, Erica Strecker. "Legitimacy and the Limits of Nationalism: China and the Diaoyu Islands." International Security Vol. 23 No. 3 (Winter 1998-1999): 114-146.
Hao, Zhidong. "May 4th and June 4th compared: A sociological study of Chinese social movements." Journal of Contemporary China, 1469-9400, Vol. 6, No. 14,1997: 79-99.
Kaneko, Maya. "Ishigaki fishermen fret over Senkaku encroachment." The Japan Times Online (8 December 2010).
Koh, Yoree. "Tokyo Protests Blasts China's Response to Collision." The Wall Street Journal (3 October 2010).
Niksch, Larry A. "Senkaku (Diaoyu) Islands Dispute: The U.S. Legal Relationship and Obligations." Congressional Research Service Report 96-798 (30 September 1996).
"Senkaku/Diaoyutai Islands." Globalsecurity.org (3 September 2009).
"The Senkaku Islands--Japanese Territory: Japanese Communist Party's View on Senkaku Islands." Akahata (31 March 1972).
Tkacik, John. "Clear signal needed on disputed isles." The Heritage Foundation (27 June 2008).
Wei Su, Steven. "The Territorial Dispute over the Tiaoyu/Senkaku Islands: An Update." Ocean Development and International Law No. 36, (2005): 45-61.
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