|About the Book|
As recently as five years ago, it would have seemed incredible that Northeast Asia would become one of the world’s most dangerous powder kegs. To be sure, there were the periodic provocations coming out of North Korea, but the world has learned toMoreAs recently as five years ago, it would have seemed incredible that Northeast Asia would become one of the world’s most dangerous powder kegs. To be sure, there were the periodic provocations coming out of North Korea, but the world has learned to deal with them. There were the same territorial disputes, but they didn’t seem to take on the inflated importance they do today.In contrast to five years ago, the once unthinkable proposition of a new Sino-Japanese war is increasingly possible. China has already provoked two armed clashes with neighbors over disputed but uninhabited islands, first with Russia in 1969 and with Vietnam in 1974.The Coming War between China and Japan explains how a “short, sharp war”, to quote the former chief of naval intelligence for the U.S. Pacific Fleet, could break out over the disputed Senkaku/Daioyu islands in the East China Sea either by a deliberate provocation or by an incident at sea or in the air that escalates into war between China and Japan. As Japan’s protector, the United States will inevitably be drawn in.Todd CrowellFor fourteen years (1987-2001) Todd Crowell worked as a Senior Writer for Asiaweek, the leading English-language newsmagazine in Asia, published in Hong Kong by Time. He has published three books: Farewell, My Colony: Last Years in the Life of British Hong Kong (1998)- Tokyo: City on the Edge (2001) and Explore Macau: a Guide and History, and the forthcoming Dictionary of the Asian Language. He has contributed to the Christian Science Monitor- Asian Wall Street Journal and other publications. He currently reports on the Chinese world (Hong Kong), Southeast Asia (Thailand) and now Japan, where he serves as Japan correspondent for Anadolu, the Turkish news agency, and a contributor to World Politics Review and RealClearWorld.com.