Long-time readers of this site will recall a number of posts concerning China’s maritime rivalries with other Asian nations over territorial rights in the East and South China Seas. As I noted in the post, Asia’s Mediterranean, the waters of “coastal” East Asia resemble the Mediterranean Sea of ancient and medieval times in the sheer multiplicity of contending states with overlapping claims.
There are rivalries that exist quite apart from China’s own ambitions. Japan and South Korea – both U.S. allies – also have a dispute over the Takeshima, or Dokdo Islands. You can brush up on the dispute, which has just been inflamed by the visit of South Korean President Lee Myung-bak to the islands, here.
Marc De Santis