Skooter reporting 10/04/12China and Japan has sunk relations to a 40 year low due to disputes over five islands. It is the worst since diplomatic relations began, but the sabre rattling is just for show, analysts said.
The heart of Beijing’s ceremonial political life, the Great Hall of the People, should have been buzzing last month with toasts and speeches to mark the 40th anniversary of diplomatic relations between China and Japan. But the banquet rooms were silent because the celebration was canceled.
The two neighbors' long time hostility had trapped them again, this time in a territorial dispute over a handful of isolated islands.
Hawks on both sides of the East China Sea were urging for war. Even the doves could not rule that possibility out.
The likelihood of armed conflict between the world's second- and third-largest economies is enough to jolt governments around the globe. It is especially upsetting to the United States, whose alliance with Japan would tow it into any fighting.
Beijing and Tokyo both claim dominion over five islands in the East China Sea, known as the Diaoyu in China and as the Senkaku in Japan, which controls them.