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Military Conflict Seen Between China and Japan

All over a few islands

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War between China and Japan looms, with neither power willing to back down over a disputed chain of islands, expert warns.

 The spat over the Diaoyu or Senkaku islands has escalated dramatically in the past month with violent protests across China.

But with a national election approaching in Japan, and a change of leadership in China, politicians on both sides have refused to step back from the brink, afraid that they will appear weak.

"There is a danger of China and Japan having a military conflict," said Yan Xuetong, one of China's most influential foreign policy strategists, and a noted hawk.

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