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"Despite expressions by both governments that they wish to avoid a war, potential for escalation has increased and there is deepening pessimism on both sides over the prospects of a peaceful settlement."
—from Crisis Group’s recent report, “Dangerous Waters: China-Japan Relations on the Rocks”
Is Asia on cusp of space race? | CNN
By Ramy Inocencio
Hong Kong (CNN) — The United States and Russia defined the world’s first space race, but following South Korea’s successful orbital rocket launch this week, it appears Asia — particularly North Asia — is the world’s new epicenter for space rivalries in the 21st century.
“In some sense we are already there,” says Daniel Pinkston, North East Asia Deputy Project Director for International Crisis Group in Seoul, South Korea. “The Chinese have been very active… (also) Japan, North and South Korea. It’s quite a competitive atmosphere.”
Photo: Gang Lee/Wikimedia Commons
China to survey islands disputed with Japan | AFP
By Kelly Olsen
Beijing is to carry out a geographical survey of islands in the East China Sea, state media said on Tuesday, the latest salvo in an increasingly tense dispute with Tokyo over the uninhabited territory.
Photo: Okinawa Soba/Flickr
A Dangerous Escalation in the East China Sea | Wall Street Journal
By Stephanie Kleine-Ahlbrandt, Crisis Group’s North East Asia Project Director
The territorial dispute in the East China Sea between the world’s second- and third-largest economies entered a disturbing new phase last month with the first direct involvement of military forces. On Dec. 13, Japan sent eight F-15 fighter jets after a small Chinese propeller plane that flew over the disputed Senkaku Islands, called Diaoyu in China. According to Japan, this was the first Chinese intrusion into its airspace since 1958.
Photo: Al Jazeera English/Flickr
"Après un face-à-face de deux mois entre navires philippins et chinois, c’est désormais du côté du Japon et des îles Senkaku/Diaoyu que se déploient les rivalités. A la mi-octobre, la marine chinoise s’est approchée des côtes contestées lors de manœuvres militaires, tandis que le porte-avions américain « USS George-Washington » faisait une démonstration de force en mer de Chine méridionale."
—tiré de « Guerre des nationalismes en mer de Chine » un article par Stephanie Kleine-Ahlbrandt, responsable du département Chine et Asie du Nord-Est de l’International Crisis Group, dans Le Monde diplomatique
Stephanie Kleine-Ahlbrandt, Crisis Group’s North East Asia Project Director and Adviser, talks with Isaac Stone, Associate Editor at Foreign Policy, about the China and Japan island dispute, why Myanmar is leaving China’s orbit, and China’s leadership in this video
Pacific Islands Dispute: China Maps Signal More Conflict | AP
By Louise Watt
BEIJING — One of the hottest items in bookstores across China is a map for a place that is closed to visitors, home only to animals such as goats and crabs, and the reason China’s relations with Japan are at their lowest point in years.
China calls them the Diaoyus; Japan, the Senkakus. The new map shows a satellite image of a kidney-shaped main island with splotches of green and a list of 70 affiliated “islands” that are really half-submerged rocks.
Photo: Made based on National Land Image Information (Color Aerial Photographs), Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism
China and Japan meet over disputed islands | The Guardian
By Tania Branigan
Stephanie Kleine-Ahlbrandt, north Asia director for the International Crisis Group, welcomed the discussions as a positive step.
“It’s a good sign that they’re talking, but it’s difficult to see how either one is going to be able to substantially walk back their positions,” she said.
“One hopes they will be able to exercise the leadership and vision necessary, but there are domestic challenges in both countries which make it very difficult for the leaderships to be seen as weak on this issue. The status quo was broken by Japan’s purchase of the islands and China’s announcement of the baseline.”
Photo: BehBeh/Wikimedia Commons
Domestic politics fueling NE Asia spats | Korea Times
By Kim Young-jin
Disputes in Northeast Asia over islets and rocks have put relations in a tense holding pattern. The rising tension has revealed the political significance of the geographical features, despite their small size.
Analysts said Thursday that spats among Korea, China and Japan demonstrate the extent to which domestic politics, combined with festering historical animosity, can quickly throw the region into disarray.
“Right now there is a convergence of domestic politics and rising nationalism that could lead to escalation and miscalculations,” said Daniel Pinkston, an analyst with the International Crisis Group.
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