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What is it all about? The conflict revolves around just seven, or rather five islands. All of them are relatively small. All are mountainous and uninhabited.

In a geographical sense they are regarded as the southernmost extension of the Ryukyu Archipelago. The Japanese side, on the other hand, presents the following argument. No one has ever ruled these territories, no one has colonized them.

The Senkaku Isles constitute an integral part of the Ryukyu Archipelago a statement China disagrees with. However, it has been coming up over and over again, with bigger or smaller intensity.


Since that moment tension between the three parties involved and emotions on the Chinese side was growing.


An eruption came on September 10, when the Japanese government decided to buy “from private hands” the three biggest Senkaku islands, thus answering Ishihara’s call. In response to this, in the bigger Chinese cities, mainly on the coast, huge anti-Japanese demonstrations broke out – the biggest since April when the reason was the interpretation of WWII events in a Japanese history handbooks.

Those were relatively swiftly ended by authorities in Beijing. An attempt to prove the Japanese identity of the Senkaku Islnds or the Chinese identity of the Diaoyu Islands is nothing more than an attempt to stretch the contemporary idea of the nation-state to pre-modern times when both the Chinese and the Azna used totally different concepts of state.

Nevertheless, this feud has a great meaning and in the broader context it is about boarders on the East China Sea. China, striving for the role of a regional superpower, is issuing a challenge not only to Japan but also to the United States who, sincefeel responsible for the peacekeeping in the Taiwan Strait.


The Japanese – Chinese conflict is closely watched by Vietnam, the Philippines and India who are involved in similar boarder disputes with China. Unfortunately, the current, so intense and spectacular phase of this conflict does not bode well as neither of the three sides involved came forward with a proposal of a constructive solution.

Azja-Pacyfik: pismo poświęcone cywilizacji regionu Azji i Pacyfiku.

Thus we need to continue watching those events closely. This is a source of unrest and a potential conflict influencing the situation in the whole of East Asia. We have been visited by visitors.