Territorial dispute between three countries escalates in China

  TopCat® 13:35 PM 17 Sep 12

China, Taiwan and Japan all claim sovereignty over a small group of islands in the East China Sea. Uninhabited but resource rich, they have been recently sold to Japan by a Japanese owner. Now, anti-Japanese protesters have attacked two of Japan's businesses in China, causing extensive damage and a halt to production. island dispute

Geographically speaking, I would argue that because of their closer proximity to these islands, Taiwan has the stronger claim to ownership and unless this dispute is resolved by the United Nations, or other competent authority very quickly, then I fear hostilities will worsen much more over time.

What are your thoughts on this uneasy situation? TC.

  Bing.alau 14:16 PM 17 Sep 12

I think we should give the Isle of Man to Ireland. And the Channel Islands to France if that is the deciding factor. Then again the I.O.M. is probably nearer to dear old Scotland and once they get independence they will be clamouring for it. I'd better not mention Gibraltar of course.

Taking everything to a logical conclusion we could be part of France.

  Woolwell 15:24 PM 17 Sep 12

It's not the only group of islands involved in a dispute over ownership involving the Chinese. The Spratly Islands in the South China Sea has also caused friction.

These disputes are not easy to resolve and, in some cases, the history goes back a long way.

To Bing.alau's list I would add Rockall.

  KRONOS the First 15:41 PM 17 Sep 12

Of course it has nothing to do with the islands themselves but what lies under the seabed around them.

  Forum Editor 16:45 PM 17 Sep 12

"It has nothing to do with the islands themselves"

Not strictly true - the islands lie close to strategically important shipping lanes, although I agree that gas and oil deposits are definitely a big factor.

  morddwyd 20:05 PM 17 Sep 12

And Hawaii does seem to be closer to Mexico than anywhere else!

  Condom 00:42 AM 18 Sep 12

I would think at the present time China needs Japanese business more than Japan need China so I'm pretty sure the Chinese will ensure things do not escalate too far. There are several other countries in the Region who could do the job the Chinese are presently doing.

  morddwyd 08:28 AM 18 Sep 12

It seems that Japan is suffering, not China, as several companies suspend operations, including Nissan and Toyota.



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