A meticulously researched article on the ‘inconvenient truth’ that the recent disputed Islands may have belonged to China and was claimed as a booty for war by Japan during the first Sino Japanese war. This does not necessarily validate the violent Chinese protests but it does reveal that nationalistic feelings on both sides can sometimes override reality and fan dangerous sentiments that can impede cooperation.

http://kristof.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/09/19/the-inconvenient-truth-behind-the-diaoyusenkaku-islands/?smid=pl-share

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