Are China and Japan heading for war?

Japan’s prime minister, Shinzo Abe, “sent a shiver through the global diplomatic community” at Davos, a talking shop for world leaders and businessmen, last week by comparing current tensions between Tokyo and Beijing to animosity between Britain and Germany in the run up to the First World War, says The Independent.

Abe said it was a “similar situation”. Relations between the two countries have been strained for over a year due to disputed sovereignty of an uninhabited string of islands in the East China Sea.

Last November, China established an air defence zone over the islands, which Japan controls. Abe [...]

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