Tangled past of the Diaoyus/Senkakus
Philip Bowring traces the competing historical claims on the Ryukyu islands - now part of Japan and to which the Diaoyu/Senkaku islands once belonged - that may again be significant
Philip Bowring has been based in Asia for 39 years writing on regional financial and political issues. He has been a columnist for the South China Morning Post since the mid-1990s and for the International Herald Tribune from 1992 to 2011. He also contributes regularly to the Wall Street Journal, www.asiasentinel.com, a website of which he is a founder, and elsewhere. Prior to 1992 he was with the weekly Far Eastern Economic Review, latterly as editor.