In an era when the United States has been focused on new forms of conflict, the dangerous contest suddenly erupting in the East China Sea seems almost like a throwback to the Cold War.
China has been very aggressive in how they assert their territorial claims in both the South and East China Sea. China is claiming control over the airspace of the East China Sea and the Senkaku Islands. While the U.S. government rejects this claim, they are encouraging commercial airlines to comply with China’s request that all flight is this zone submit their flight plans to the Chinese government. Japan, on the other hand, does not want the Chinese to have this as a symbolic victory that would further legitimize their political control over this space. Why does China care so much about some minor islands? Why would other countries not want to accept China’s territorial assertions?
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