The troubling history of Sino-Japanese tension


Jutting out in the middle of the East China Sea, Uotsuri is the largest island of five in the Senkaku/Diaoyu chain. Japanese fishermen say the Senkaku/Diaoyu islands were used as a half-way rest point for vessels traveling to and from China and Japan for centuries. The islands are part of the ongoing tensions between the two countries.
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In a new article, Daniel C. Sneider explores the troubling history of China-Japan tension. He concludes that the two countries have every reason to pull back from the brink of conflict—and most importantly, the United States serves a crucial role.