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Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Sino-Ruso Gangup on Japan?

In late September, China and Japan clashed over the Diaoyutai Islands (Senkaku in Japanese).

Russia's Move
Yesterday Russian President Dmitry Medvedev drew Tokyo's ire when he visited Kunashir isle, one of the four disputed with Japan since the end of World War II.

The provocative step is consistent with stoking Russian nationalism on full display in the Victory Day last May in Moscow and comes ahead of a regional summit between the two countries.

Mr. Medvedev's visit was a milestone since he is the first Russian leader to visit the island group.

Japanese Foreign Minister Naoto Kan reasserted Japan's claim to its ''northern islands'' and called the visit ''regrettable.''
Japan recalled its ambassador to Moscow in response to the latest territorial tiff. 

Russo-Sino policy in tandem
Is there another reason to up the pressure on Japan?

Some Japanese observers see a joint Russo-Sino gang up on territorial disputes with Japan.

Evidence grows of  a stronger ''strategic partnership'' between Beijing and Moscow especially in the Pacific region.

The fight over the four Kuril Islands stems from the vagaries of the post-World War II conferences in Postsdam and Yalta and the fact that the Soviet Union did not sign the Treaty of San Francisco.

The United States thus never supported the Soviet claim over the isles and still sides with Japan today.

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