chapter  1
Much Ado over Small Islands: The Sino-Japanese Confrontation over Senkaku/Diaoyu
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In attempting to answer the first question raised in the introductory chapter of the volume, this chapter1 traces the many facets of the dispute by Japan and China over a group of islands, known in Japanese as Senkaku and in Chinese as Diaoyu are little more than rocks in the ocean, but they are rocks on which there is a real prospect of peace and cooperation in the region foundering.It is a problem that I first addressed just over 40 years ago, and on which I have published other occasional essays more recently(Halliday and McCormack 1973, pp. 66-7).