Tensions between Japan and China over disputed islands continues to escalate. A report from the Guardian states that both sides have refused to step back for fear of losing face.
“There is a danger of China and Japan having a military conflict,” said Yan Xuetong, one of China’s most influential foreign policy strategists, and a noted hawk.
“One country must make a concession. But I do not see Japan making concessions. I do not see either side making concessions. Both sides want to solve the situation peacefully, but neither side can provide the right approach,” he added.
He warned that unless one side backs down, there could be a repeat of the Falklands Conflict in Asia.
This dispute over the islands began when Japan bought the islands in the East China Sea from their private owner. This caused a wave of anti-Japanese demonstrations across China. In a statement at the UN, Chinese Foreign Minister, Yang Jiechi, stated that the islands “have been China’s sacred territory since ancient times” and that “The Japanese move is a gross violation of China’s territorial integrity and sovereignty, an outright denial of the outcomes of victory of the world anti-fascist war and a grave challenge to the post-war international order,”. Both countries have dispatched patrol ships to the area, and many believe that an “accidental” collision could be the catalyst for this to become a shooting war.
Read more at the Guardian.