Why Are China and Japan Sparring Over Eight Tiny, Uninhabited Islands?
Part of our weekly "In Focus" series—stepping back, looking closer.
Why are China and Japan locked in a tense face-off, alarming the world and inflicting substantial economic pain on themselves, over a bunch of tiny uninhabited islands in the East China Sea?
Nationalist politics and historical resentments figure heavily in the territorial dispute, as do fish. But there's another potent ingredient: energy.
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