Japan creates ripples in the East China Sea

Aerial shot of a disputed Senkaku-Diaoyu islet.  Photo: Japanese Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and TourismBy Christian Le Miere, Research Fellow for Naval Forces and Maritime Security

Hokusei-kojima, Hokutou-kojima, Kita-kojima by Kuba-jima and Kita-kojima by Taisho-jima – these names have roiled the waters of the East China Sea again. They were the labels that Japan chose recently for four disputed islets during the seemingly uncontroversial procedure of defining its Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ).

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