posted on Feb, 8 2013 @ 07:55 PM
CHINA AND JAPAN WILL GO TO WAR... IN 2013!
An academic in Australia is predicting that another war between China and Japan over the "intrinsically worthless" and "trivial" disputed
Senkaku/Diaoyu Islands is inevitable and could involve the United States.
Hugh White, a professor at Australian National University, and a former Australian defense official, believes that it will only be a matter of time
until the two Asian giants head to war.
This is a couple of months old but was reiterated by the same guy in an interview a few minutes before posting this. Nothing since this assessment
has changed and, if anything, has in fact intensified.
The keynote point, however, is that the only way some
kind of conflict looks to be avoidable is if one side backs down and cedes to the
. And if anyone knows anything about these obstinate countries and cultures, this isn't a realistic possibility.
Some serious diplomacy on the West's side is going to be required to avert a real thorny situation arising in the world, stemming from this region.
Diplomacy that may have to come in the form of either splitting the islands DMZ style, with entrained UN / US monitoring or
side or the other (likely Japan) for relinquishing the disputed territory.
I hope I'm wrong... =/