I've been wanting to make this thread for a while however I was waiting for the outcome of the whole Senate debacle. As we keep hearing on the news, there's been heightened tensions in Asia these past couple of years. The most notable dispute that gets covered is the Senkaku Islands, which is in being claimed by Japan, China, and Taiwan. I won't waste your time with the Darth Ghost style wiki wall of text on it, but you can get a decent background from the wiki article and some other good articles written about it in the past year (avoid BusinessInsider, they keep predicting a China Japan war every month). Lesser known disputes include a Russo-Japanese dispute over the Kuril Islands, which seem to not be as relation-damaging an issue considering the overall cordial visit between Japanese PM Abe and Putin a couple of days back. Last November, China created an ADIZ which increased tensions in the region, and more recently, Japanese PM Abe and Philippines President Aquino III made comparisons between the expansion of the PRC and 30s Nazi Germany. Meanwhile, the Abe administration's fumbling over acknowledging Japanese WWII war crimes, his visit to a Japanese war memorial that contains the names of war criminals, and most recently asking the UN to register letters from kamikaze pilots alongside other historically important documents have angered China and damaged relations between Japan and South Korea, whom many see as an important unified anti-China front. Just earlier today (or yesterday), the PRC and Taiwan have had their highest diplomatic meeting since the Nationalists were driven off mainland China. Oh great, I've turned it into a Ghost post. Let me stop there and pose a question for the thread, which I hope turns into the general Asian politics thread. What's going to happen next? These countries I've discussed are all economically dependent on each other. Are we going to have unending 3rd grade passive aggressive spats and calling each other "Asian Hitler?" Or is Business Insider correct and war is looming ahead?