August 22nd, 2012
09:30 AM ET

U.S. closely watching spat over small islands

It's a frightening scenario: American troops – backing their Japanese allies – drawn into a conflict with China. And fighting over nothing more than some uninhabited islands and a few rocks. Senkaku is privately administered by the Japanese, but the Chinese claim they are the rightful owners. While officially neutral, the US defense treaty means it would have to back Japan in a military confrontation over these islands. As the U.S. and Japan begin military exercises in the region, tension is rising. Chris Lawrence reports.

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  1. Curious

    Curious what this tension is really all about- the seems like proxy issue about somethig else. Certainly they can work out a few uninhabited islands ownership. Bad blood from the past maybe, maybe geo – economical rivalry- in either case – I dont see alot of international power outside the region to meditate or difuse the situation- once again it;'s gonna be the US that has to play that role hopefully, other world power Russia, Germany other Western European countries that have influence will at least sign up with the US initiative- to create a force legitimate enough to mediate the situation. Here's something to be very concerned about – we shall see

    September 16, 2012 at 8:21 am | Reply
  2. ChicagoRich

    If these disputes are not resolved, sooner or later we will be drawn into an armed conflict over these territories, and that does not benefit anyone.

    September 12, 2012 at 12:13 pm | Reply
  3. saeed

    funny what is usa and britain going to do china will nuke the entire west one bomb and its over.

    August 22, 2012 at 1:01 pm | Reply
    • saeed

      bozo. one nuke wont do much damage.

      August 22, 2012 at 1:10 pm | Reply
      • ed gein

        Idiot statement of the day.

        August 22, 2012 at 1:56 pm |
    • some guy

      general Rule is 1 Nuke 1 Metro city.

      August 22, 2012 at 3:48 pm | Reply
    • Jo

      Ha-bib? Are you from Afghanistan? Because you don't know anything about nuclear weapons. Apparently you think one bomb could destroy the entire US. Maybe you are with Iran's thinking that if they get the bomb they can blow up the us. We have thousands of nuclear weapons. enough to destroy the entire planet. one bomb aint gonna do it.

      August 26, 2012 at 11:18 am | Reply
    • toofer u

      Indeed, what a foolish statement.

      August 30, 2012 at 2:42 pm | Reply
    • TruthPrevails

      Even if they could do what you are fantasizing, what happens after "its over"??? Will China sell products made for US to African/Asian countries? Who would redeem the US treasury bonds held by Chinese? Iran, Pakistan or your wealthy uncle?

      September 7, 2012 at 1:21 pm | Reply
  4. George Patton

    It's high time that this country started to mind it's own business and let China and J apan sort this out by themselves! We need to just simply butt our way out of this and that's all there is to it!!!

    August 22, 2012 at 12:32 pm | Reply
  5. krm1007 ©™

    The denuclearization of South Asia (Subcontinent) particularly India is imperative.
    Quid pro quo transfer of nuclear technology by USA to third world countries such as India needs to be opposed on moral grounds. Billions of people live in that neighborhood and would be at risk from such catastrophes which I am sure the American people would not like to be a party to. We are all well aware that that region is prone to floods, earthquakes, tsunamis, massive power blackouts and of course terrorism placing such nuclear installations at tremendous risks. US Congress is urged to reconsider and cancel all the agreements for the transfer of such technologies due “Force Majeure”.

    August 22, 2012 at 10:41 am | Reply
    • some guy

      Thanks Osama

      August 22, 2012 at 3:49 pm | Reply
    • GhostCoyote

      India and Pakistan both have home grown nuclear programs with no overt or official help from the United States. Thats not to say industrial and military espionage didn't occur, but we didn't willingly arm the regions two biggest and angriest kids on the block with nuclear weapons. Besides, if we did give them nukes, we'd have given them some way to actually deliver them in the form of reliable and proven rocket or bomber platforms. Just sayin'.

      August 23, 2012 at 4:49 pm | Reply

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