Hugh White from National University in Australia published a recent article about the Sino-Japanese territorial issue. He argued that both China and Japan might engage in military conflict, which might also bring the US and other nations into a full-blown war with each other (Chicago News Bench 28 December 2012). White asserts that year 2013 might have China and Japan face military conflict in the East China Sea. Similarity, the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences (CASS) also published its annual report which indicates that both countries will enter a highly unstable period in 2013, thanks in part to US meddling in the Asian Region (Antiwar.com 31 December 2012). By the end of December, some Japanese scholars found that a Chinese diplomatic draft written in 1950, a few months from establishing the PRC, recognized the disputed islands as part of Liuqiu Islands (Japan Economic Newswire 28 December 2012). However, the Chinese government dismissed the claim.
Source: Hugh White from The Australian.com.au (access date: 27 January 2013).