Asia-Pacific: Desert island risks
By David Pilling
A dispute between Beijing, Taipei and Tokyo over islands in the East China Sea could ensnare the US
Relations on the rocks: the Senkaku/Diaoyu/Diaoyutai islands, over which Japan, China and Taiwan dispute ownership
Japan calls them Senkaku, China calls them Diaoyu and Taiwan calls them Diaoyutai. For everyone else, these five uninhabited islands have simply become one of the world’s most dangerous flashpoints.
For years the biggest source of geopolitical friction in the Asia-Pacific region was Taiwan. But as tension across the Taiwan Strait has eased, it has risen to alarming levels in the East China Sea, where the disputed Senkaku islands are located.