[act-ma] [UJP Activist] Danger in the Sky over the East China Sea: is China/Japan/US conflict on the horizon?

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         CONFLICT ON THE HORIZON? ============================================

*When:* Thursday, December 12, 2013, 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm
*Where: *Center for Marxist Education • 550 Mass. Ave. • floor # 2 •  

/China Discussion Group/

*Danger in the Sky over the East China Sea
Is China/Japan/US Conflict on the Horizon?* 

Thursday, December 12th – 7 to 8:30 PM
550 Mass. Ave., floor 2, Cambridge (Central Square)

The China Discussion Group will review the recent tension in East Asia.   
Recently China reasserted its old claims and declared an Air Identification  
Zone over the East China Sea; soon there were flyovers by the US with B52  
bombers and Japanese aircraft.  China responded by tracking the flights and  
scrambling jets.  The ongoing dispute between China and Japan over the  
Diaoyu/Senkaku Islands is only made worse by US interference.  We will  
review the recent incidents, provide historical background and also discuss  
in relation to the formation of a Chinese National Security Council at the  
November meeting of the Chinese Communist Party.

for more information: mcfarland13 at gmail.com [1]

*China Talk*
In the news recently have been the tensions over the disputed Diaoyu/Senkaku  
Islands in the East China Sea.  Here is a bit of background based on my  

 *   China is reasserting centuries-old claims to the islands
 *   Japanese claims date from its 1895 victory in the Sino-Japanese War
 *   The US is intervening to support Japan against China

China has been the dominant power in East Asia for most of the last 2000  
years.  Chinese claims to the Diaoyu/Senkaku Islands are hundreds of years  
old, supported by old (Chinese) maps of the region.  Japan's claims dated  
from 1895, when the Japanese defeated the Chinese in the Sino-Japanese War.  
  Japan at that time annexed the islands along with Taiwan (renamed  
Formosa).     At the end of World War Two, the Allies decided to return the  
islands to China, at that time led by the pro-US Chiang Kai-shek.  However,  
the US controlled the islands and eventually decided to turn them over to its  
subsequent ally Japan.  When China and Japan normalized relations in 1972,  
they withheld a decision on the islands until a later time.   China's  
position is that the dispute over the islands should be resolved by bilateral  
negotiations between China and Japan.  The current Japanese government  
maintains that there is no issue or anything to negotiate, as the islands are  
Japanese territory.  The US as part of its mutual defense treaty with Japan  
and pivot to Asia/Pacific is siding with Japan on the islands issue.   In my  
opinion, China and Japan need to settle this issue with no interference from  
the United States.  Unfortunately the US is supporting the resurgence of  
Japanese militarism to back the US "Pivot" strategy to concentrate its  
military in the Asia/Pacific region and contain Chinese influence.  China is  
now viewed as a principle obstacle to the US maintaining a superpower  
position of global dominance.
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