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What is the Diaoyu/Senkaku islands dispute about?

by Isabella Chua

Somewhere in the East China Sea lies a chain of uninhabited islands that go by different names. To the Chinese, they are known as the Diaoyu Dao. Taiwan calls it the Diaoyutai Islets, and Japan calls it the Senkaku Islands. All three entities believe they have a legitimate claim to the islands. What exactly led to this situation?

What are these islands?

The eight islands that make up the Senkaku or Diaoyu islands.

Why is there a dispute?
How has the dispute manifested?

Chinese demonstrators in Shenyang. Mao Zedong was a common motif in the 2012 anti-Japan demonstrations. The Chinese used it to criticise the soft stance of current leaders in dealing with the dispute compared to Mao’s resistance against the Japanese during the Second World War. Credits: By Shujenchang - Own work, CCB BY-SA 3.0), https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Shenyang_918_Anti-Japan_Procession_1.jpg 

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Isabella Chua / Writer

Isabella loves to dig beyond what is ‘commonsensical’ or ‘natural’ to us, by looking at the larger forces (or even accidents), that may have structured these beliefs. A writer at Kontinentalist, she's particularly interested in social issues - religion, crime, identity, and food. While she strives to stay curious about the world by listening to podcasts and taking classes, she's happiest when eating pastries, cakes, and drinking tea.


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