This article which shares the name if this blog post I found in while browsing through the print edition of the Washington Post. Unfortunatelly I have not been able to find an online copy but I will include a picture of the article if possible.
This article goes in depth on the Japanese and Chinese tensions over the chain of Islands in the East China Sea. China and Japan who have a storied history of hostility, are now not speaking to each other as tensions increase. The US who is trying to quell tempers on either side is not even being listened to. Obama who had tried to shift America’s foreign policy focus out of the middle east an onto East Asia now is stuggling to maintain good relationships in the area. Some in China are saying that America has reverted to Cold War era tactics and their siding with Taiwan and Japan is simply containment tactics. The United States denys the claims. However, the US is allied with Taiwan and Japan and sworn to help in their defense if necessary. On the other hand the US has massive economic investments in China and wants to maintain cordial relationships with the Chinese as well. The author of this article calls this an “impossible balancing act for a “perfect world” scenario.”
This article outlines an aspect of what I want to study. I want to look into this tension over a virtually uninhabited and fairly useless string of islands. I want to know what the deeper reason for tension is between these two historically hostile countries and also how these tensions affect the US, and Sino-American relationships.