How a Few Tiny Islands Put Japan and China in Dispute

The South China Sea isn’t the only arena in Asia’s waters where China’s territorial claims are stoking tensions. One thousand miles to the northeast, China is in a dispute with Japan over century-old claims to a set of uninhabited islands in the East China Sea — called the Senkakus in Japan and the Diaoyus in China. That poses the potential for wider conflict, since the U.S. has said the islands are covered by its security treaty with Japan. Tokyo and Beijing have for decades been at loggerhead