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Japan V. China: The Kabuki Theater Standoff Over Senkaku Islands

Analysis: China and Japan have little room for compromise as tensions rise over the disputed Senkaku islands. Still, it is part of a broader dance between the region's two biggest powers that is short-wired -- at least for now -- to try and avoid

A montage created with a section of a 1969 map of the Senkaku Islands (PRC/BH)
A montage created with a section of a 1969 map of the Senkaku Islands (PRC/BH)
Tao Duan Fan

BEIJING - For two days, there was rampant speculation across Asia about whether Uichiro Niwa, Japan's 
Ambassador to China, would return to Beijing. But after his sudden "temporary recall" on 
July 15 to discuss the dispute over the Senkaku Islands (also known as the Diaoyu Islands
in China), Niwa calmly came back to the Chinese capital the next day.

Judging from Japan's official attitude, it looks like the 
tension between China and Japan won't escalate. At least for now. Nevertheless, rumors about Ambassador Niwa's 
possible dismissal continue to circulate, and we are still short of any sort of détente either.

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