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Disputed Islands East China Sea

A Zen Response To The Japan-China Island Dispute

Nathan Gardels | Posted 06.17.2014 | World
Nathan Gardels

Though mired in a thoroughly modern nation-state dispute with very real military consequences, both China and Japan also proudly draw their identities from continuous cultures that are not only thousands of years old, but also grounded in common civilizational roots. Perhaps if they peered far enough back to those common roots, they would not be so bent out of shape over who owns a few rocks in the ocean. Looked at differently, the islands very much resemble a dry zen garden where a series of mindfully positioned rocks rest harmoniously amid a meticulously raked gravel sea of nothingness. It is here that one contemplates peace.

Thousands Of Chinese Boats Head For Disputed Islands

AP | DIDI TANG | Posted 11.17.2012 | World

BEIJING — The 81st anniversary of a Japanese invasion brought a fresh wave of anti-Japan demonstrations in China on Tuesday, with thousands of p...

Disputed Islands? Sure, We'll Buy Those

AP | ERIC TALMADGE | Posted 11.10.2012 | World

TOKYO — Japan's Cabinet formally announced Tuesday that the government will purchase several disputed islands that China also claims – a m...