East China Sea islands dispute a long game for patient China

By Andrew Hunter
Updated April 19 2018 - 8:23am, first published December 9 2013 - 3:00am

As nationalism has become central to the narrative of the respective governments, the increasing tension between Japan and China will not be resolved soon. Although nationalism is the poison common to both combatants, its application differs markedly due to their divergent political systems and strategic tendencies. China's statecraft is designed to win the long game.