China And Japan Inch Towards War

International law favours Japan in its dispute with China over the Senkaku/Diaoyu islands. The five islands were terra nullius (‘land belonging to no one’) when Japan took them in 1895. The seizure was lawful. But China disagrees, and shows no interest in submitting the dispute to an international court. “Even though no one uses the islands currently for anything, if World War III takes place anytime soon, this is where it will start” (1,220 words)

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