WW4 File: Taiwanese president inspects radar installations on country’s NE shore, briefed on military’s ability to respond to possible war between PRC and Japan over islands row; Ma to soldiers: Diaoyutais belong to Republic of China

Three countries claim the Senkaku/Diaoyu islets in the East China Sea: People’s Republic of China, Republic of China, and Japan. The PRC and ROC, furthermore, each claim to be the only legitimate “China.” Since 1979, Washington has diplomatically recognized Beijing, rather than Taipei, but the latter is a recipient of US “defensive” arms. Meanwhile, Japan enjoys the USA’s military protection, a privilege that, according to US Defense Secretary Leon Panetta, includes the disputed islets. Confused yet?

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