Disputed Islands in the East China Sea

A 40-year territorial dispute between Japan and China over a chain of uninhabited islands in the East China sea has come to a head this week after Japanese officials arrested the captain of a Chinese boat that collided with a Japanese Coast Guard vessel.

The Japanese refer to the islands as the Senkaku, while the Chinese refer to them as the Diaoyu.

Ian Johnson covered the incident and its significance in his New York Times article earlier this month.