This year, 2012, marks 40 years since the normalization of a diplomatic relationship between China and Japan.  But it is a fragile relationship.  This we have experienced the last weeks.

Senkakus Islands, a metaphor for a much more serious divide between China and Japan.

To understand the underlying sentiments of this conflict is fundamental for the whole world, as we see a China gaining self confidence and claiming their voice to be heard globally.  Weather it is the control of some insignificant islands, or to protest against an insignificant country handing out a peace price, there are much more important underlying issues at stake.

Some good reading includes:
New York Times

 Anders, from Café “bocata”, Oslo