Tough Times Ahead? Escalating Tensions Between Japan and China: Dual Perspectives

Issue & Policy Briefs September 22, 2010, No. 36

Fallout from the September 8 arrest of a Chinese trawler captain, by the Japanese Coast Guard, has gradually escalated, inflaming Japanese-Chinese relations. The trawler, suspected of illegal fishing, collided with two Japanese coast guard ships in disputed waters in the East China Sea. These events coincided on September 18 with the anniversary of the 1931 Japanese occupation of Northeastern China, which saw nationwide anti-Japanese protests marking the occasion.

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