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Island feuds in East Asia are a challenge to America’s Asia policy

September 1, 2012
The Marietta Times

Old nationalistic and geopolitical undercurrents are bubbling to the surface in the East China Sea. Japan's threat to use force to defend contested Senkaku (Diaoyu in Chinese) Islands against Chinese aggression, South Korean President Lee Myung-Bak's first public visit to the Korean-controlled, Japanese-claimed Dokdo (Takeshima in Japanese) Island, and China's expanded territorial claims in the East and South China Seas and recent eruption of nationalist rage in major Chinese cities, together put America's new strategic pivot policy toward Asia at risk.

 
 

 

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