Geopolitical tensions are usually bringing to surface historical “pathogenies”:
Senkaku Dispute Reinforces Military Shifts…
- Worrying cracks have appeared along a diplomatic fault line that lay mostly quiet for decades, sparking heated talk among international commentators of a possible Sino-Japanese war. The stakes are certainly high. Japan’s pacifistic constitution may outlaw aggressive war…
High Stakes… / Senkaku
- The stakes are certainly high. Japan’s pacifistic constitution may outlaw aggressive war, but in Tokyo there is a firm political consensus that the Senkaku are an integral part of the nation’s territory, to be defended by force if necessary.
- But China, which calls the islands the Diaoyu, appears increasingly willing to test Japan’s control by sending state fisheries vessels through their territorial waters.
Japanese Military Superiority..? / Senkaku
- Still, Japanese policymakers are acutely aware that China’s rapid economic growth and the development of its People’s Liberation Army is likely to narrow any current military superiority. On Tuesday, the Chinese navy put its first aircraft carrier into formal service. Development of other Chinese weapons systems such as sophisticated anti-ship missiles poses a potentially even bigger challenge.
- Senkaku tensions are likely to strengthen Japan’s determination to refocus its military forces toward stronger defense of southern islands and away from the emphasis on northern ground troops once seen as a bulwark against the Soviet Union.
- Finally, it is becoming clear that the whole incident tests the nerves of political leaderships both in Beijing and Tokyo, and also has caused second thoughts to big Japanese firms which have invested billions of dollars in the Chinese economy and industrial production… / Senkaku /