Diaoyu/Senkaku Islands: Breaking the Status Quo?

If you ask about the size of the Diaoyu Islands (known as the Senkaku Islands in Japan), it’s only 1,700 acres [1]– approximately 1/1,000,000 of the size of China and 1/60,000 of the size of Japan. Yet the dispute over these islands has tightened the tension between China and Japan dramatically for the past two months. Both sides claim indisputable sovereignty over the islands and have shown no sign of compromising. Why, you may ask, are two big countries freaking out over these small islands? ...
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