Wednesday, July 23, 2014
Japan vs. The World: The Collective Self-Defense-VI/The Diaoyu/Senkaku Islands-XXXXII
History 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.
Source: Asahi Shimbun, accessed on July 23, 2014