The Sino-Japanese Relationship

China’s decision to send fighter jets to the East China Sea last November exacerbated an already tense standoff with its neighbor Japan. The Chinese government dispatched these jets to a disputed group of islands, the ownership of which is one among a litany of issues causing animosity between the two Asian giants today. China and Japan have been at odds over who controls these islands—which China calls Diaoyou and Japan calls Senkaku—for the past forty years on-and-off, but tensions flared up again in mid-2012. Although somewhat tempered now, tensions continue…