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Sovereign Rights and Territorial Space in Sino-Japanese Relations: Irredentism and the Diaoyu/Senkaku Islands (ISBN-10: 0824824938)
Wednesday, July 23, 2014
Japan vs. The World: The Collective Self-Defense-VI/The Diaoyu/Senkaku Islands-XXXXII
may provide some important clues. Year 2014 is the 100 anniversary of WWI when
Japan’s nationalism and militarism spun out of control, resulting in one of the
greatest tragedies in human history in WWII. It is also the year for 120
anniversary of the First Sino-Japanese war in 1894, losing the war to Japan. In
January 1902, Japan became allies with the British, the leader in international
politics (under Pax Britanica).
Unfortunately, the Anglo-Japanese Alliance had entered a peace era, but this did
not prevent Japanese aggression in WWII. Japan terminated the treaty with the
British in 1923; the Tokyo regime invaded the majority of Asian countries in
the war, and attacked Pearl Harbor in 1941, challenging the then “rising power”
the United States. All this happened approximately 70 years ago. Today, once
again Japan is making an “ally” with the current international leader – the
United States (under Pax Americana).
The U.S.-Japanese security pact has meant peace for the last 70 years. Yet,
Japan now challenges the next “rising power” – China. Just like the Anglo-Japanese
Alliance a century ago, if history proves true someday the alliance with the
United States will be terminated. As Renmin
Ribao states, “Is Japan Targeting China in Next Move (Renmin Ribao July 1, 2014)?” The
Diaoyu Islands will be the turning point for a war between Japan and China if
history repeats itself.
After growing up and studying in China and Japan, Dr. Suganuma went to the U.S. for graduate studies, earning master’s degrees at both St. John's University (in Chinese studies) and Syracuse University (in international relations) as well as a Ph.D. (in geography) from the Maxwell School of Syracuse University.