U.S. Tackles Tensions Between Japan & China

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

US President Barack Obama attends a trilateral meeting with the Japanese prime minister and the South Korean president (both not seen) at the US ambassador's residence in The Hague on March 25, 2014. (SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty)

President Barack Obama lands in Tokyo today, the first stop on his week-long trip through Southeast Asia.

At the top of his agenda are the rising tensions between Japan and China. The nations are at odds over a group of uninhabited islands in the East China Sea—both countries have claimed the islands as their own.

This week, President Obama reaffirmed Japan's territorial claim in a written answer to the Yomiuri Shimbun newspaper, saying "We oppose any unilateral attempts to undermine Japan's administration of these islands."

For more on the president's visit to Tokyo and the territorial tensions between China and Japan, we turn to Orville Schell, director of the Center on U.S.-China Relations at The Asia Society.


Orville Schell

Hosted by:

Todd Zwillich

Produced by:

Rupert Allman and Seth Maxon


T.J. Raphael

Comments [2]

Mark YY from California

After listening to this report, I wondered if the Chinese government had influenced the content.
The first clue was when they chose Orville Schell, an expert on Chinese history, to talk about Japan. I have heard him before and respect his opinions very much, but why do we get a person whose field of expertise is in China, not Japan?
Follow that up with talk about how Japan's PM Abe should "tone down " his rhetoric toward China, as if all the fault of the tensions between China and Japan is 100% Japans fault.What about China's continued provocative acts - sending Chinese vessels to the islands and ignoring Japanese requests to leave, even having a Chinese missile frigate achieving radar controlled weapon lock on several Japanese vessels - was that Japans fault too? How about the massive protests in China that caused billions of dollars of damage to Japanese businesses that had nothing whatsoever to do with the conflict?
Please, next time when talking about Japan/China relations, get both sides of the story. Otherwise, we're left to believe you only take the Chinese side.

Apr. 24 2014 03:00 PM
Larry Fisher from Brooklyn, N.Y.

Heading to Tokyo to negotiate the rising tensions between Japan and China, Obama finds himself in the sequel to "Lost In Translation."

Apr. 23 2014 01:15 PM

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