• :
  • :

                                                                          
       

HOW THE CHINA-JAPAN ISLAND DISPUTE CAN IMPACT INDIA



Author : C.Uday Bhaskar


China has raised the politico-diplomatic ante with Japan over the disputed islands in the East China Sea in a definitive manner through a formal Cabinet-equivalent announcement in Beijing and the follow-up of this assertion at the foreign minister level in New York on Tuesday (September 25).

Territorial disputes with certain key Asian countries is a high-octane issue in Beijing and the manner in which China is asserting its claim with Japan over a total area of 7 sq km spread over eight uninhabited rocky islands has a specific relevance for India. October 20, 2012, marks the 50th anniversary of the commencement of the brief 1962 Sino-Indian border war that resulted in a complex and contested territorial-cum-border dispute that remains unresolved to-date.

On Tuesday, the State Council in Beijing issued a white paper that proclaimed, "China's will to defend national sovereignty and territorial integrity is firm and its resolve to uphold the outcomes of the World Anti-Fascist War will not be shaken by any force." The historical recall refers to the Chinese resistance to the brutal Japanese military invasion and occupation that began in September 1931 and concluded with the apocalyptic end of World War II in August 1945.

The domestic determination exuded in Beijing over the islands — it should be added that the diminutive figure of 7 sq km in the East China Sea also translates into a huge exclusive economic zone over a radius of 200 nautical miles, or 370 km — was conveyed in New York on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly on Tuesday by the Chinese foreign minister to his Japanese counterpart. Tokyo has euphemistically described the prevailing atmosphere as being 'severe'. The current Sino-Japan tension is centred over the Senkaku/Diaoyu islands — the names being the Japanese and Chinese variants, respectively. Japan claimed the islands in 1895 when China was the subaltern in the bilateral relationship and, over the last century, the vicissitudes of colonialism and two World Wars have left their bloody, traumatic imprint on both countries. Currently, while Japan has physical possession of the islands, both China and Taiwan have claimed them over the decades with varying intensity — as per their respective recall of the historical record.

The catalyst for the current tension was the decision by the Japanese government to 'buy' the islands from one of its own citizens to preempt overt politicising of the sensitive issue by the more provocative Tokyo governor, Shintaro Ishihara. This has clearly boomeranged and Beijing has taken extreme affront to the purported sale and invoked a Chinese proverb, "It is up to the one who tied the knot to untie it" for Tokyo to reflect on — and make amends/atone.

Delhi is familiar with this Chinese adage apropos the May 1998 nuclear test and the subsequent communication to the White House with its attendant boomerang effect!

Will China and Japan go to war over this dispute? Current consensus is in the negative. Given the trade volume and economic dependency index that is the most dominant feature of the bilateral relationship over the last decade, received wisdom is that while there will be high-visibility posturing, close manoeuvres by ships and a determined attempt to make the other party 'blink' first, the critical tipping point will not be crossed. If it does, all kinds of military escalation will be on the table —including the credibility of the US-Japan military alliance and the larger East Asian security architecture.

(C Uday Bhaskar is a Senior Fellow at the National Maritime Foundation. He can be contacted at cudayb@gmail.com. This article first appeared in The Economic Times on September 28, 2012.)
click here why do people cheat read here
free aids testing aids testing at home aids treatment news
abortion at 14 weeks west-bot.com how to terminate early pregnancy at home
married men who have affairs site women who cheat
reason why husband cheat read dating for married people
how many people cheat open why wife cheated
how to tell if wife has cheated marcandela.com my wife cheated
why do wifes cheat link signs of a cheater
women who cheat on their husbands husband cheated how to cheat with a married woman
text message spy apps prashanthiblog.com find apps for android
how to find spy app on android read android phone spyware
other options besides abortion terminate pregnancy pill abortion deadline
renova tube site revia pill
prescription drug discount cards read prescription discounts cards
discount coupons for viagra canada drug pharmacy coupon viagra manufacturer coupon
viagra coupon card viagra coupon card 2016 viagra coupon
can i take diovan with mucinex click can i take diovan with mucinex
can i take antabuse and naltrexone can i take antabuse and naltrexone can i take antabuse and naltrexone
can i take antabuse and naltrexone can i take antabuse and naltrexone can i take antabuse and naltrexone
cialis dosage information go cialis for women dosage
cialis unkontrollierte erektionen cialis unkontrollierte erektionen cialis unkontrollierte erektionen
internet drug coupons site prescription transfer coupon
new prescription coupon eblogin.com new prescription coupon
cialis discount coupon prescription card discount drug coupon card
imodium smelt click imodium smelt
buscopan floridafriendlyplants.com buscopan ampula
motilium motilium laktace motilium lekarna
metformin 850 mg read metformin wirkung
chloramphenicol krema thecaddman.com chloramphenicol mast bez recepta
motilium et grossesse go motilium eureka
prescription discount coupon free discount prescription cards new prescription coupon
paroxetine en alcohol site paroxetine sandoz
trileptal muadili trileptal 300 trileptal nedir
amoxicillin endikasyonlar amoxicillin endikasyonlar amoxicillin dermani haqqinda
kamagra onlineseoanalyzer.com kamagra brez recepta
duspatalin buscopan duspatal 200mg duspatal
non surgical abortion pill achieveriasclasses.com different types of abortion pill
vermox vermox cena vermox sirup
abortion pill costs pill abortion methods of abortion pill
abortion pill cost side effects of abortion pill free abortion pill
imodium dosage realtycollective.com imodium instants
anti abortion facts medical abortion pill cost of medical abortion
costs of abortion pill alternatives to abortion pill pro abortion
omeprazole enceinte thebaileynews.com omeprazole vidal
viagra online viagra koupit viagra prodej
duphaston i ovulacija duphaston 10 mg duphaston tablete za odgodu menstruacije
priligy keskustelu mipnet.dk priligy
lilly cialis coupons discount coupons for prescriptions prescription coupon card
amoxicillin amoxicillin antibiyotik fiyat amoxicillin 500 mg
priligy thailand priligy priligy kokemuksia
chemical abortion pill lakeerengallery.com abortion pill quotes
cialis tadalafil cialis pris cialis wiki
how much do abortion pill cost ameracorporation.com where to get an abortion pill
metoprololsuccinat hexal 50 mg gedave.ro metoprolol pro medicin
alternatives to abortion pill early abortion pill options abortion pill cons
duphaston tablete kako se piju duphaston cijena bez recepta duphaston 10 mg
cialis coupon 2015 cialis discount coupon cialis coupons from lilly
abortion pill services third trimester abortion pill how much is the abortion pill
cytotec abortion pathakwavecurecenter.com abortion pill articles
lamisil pomada lamisil 1 lamisil pomada
health risks of abortion abortion pill nyc price of an abortion
cialis discount coupons online cialis discounts coupons discount prescription coupons
baby abortion story early pregnancy termination methods abortion clinics in chicago
prescription card discount cialis coupon code discount prescription coupons
does vivitrol block alcohol saveapanda.com heroin detox
naltrexone dosage for alcoholism how to get naltrexone out of your system what is naltrexone 50mg
naltrexone injection for opiate addiction link revia dosage
what is vivitrol medication link naltrexone pharmacology
how long does revia stay in your system go where to buy naltrexone