The next big war will be a naval war and it will happen in East Asia
Japanese activists have swum ashore and raised flags on one of a group of islands at the centre of an escalating territorial dispute with China.
The coast guard in southern Japan's Okinawa prefecture said nine or 10 activists had made an unauthorised landing on Uotsuri Island, part of the small archipelago known in Japan as Senkaku and in China as Diaoyu. The uninhabited islands surrounded by rich fishing grounds are controlled by Japan but also claimed by China and Taiwan. (Guardian)
China is embroiled with territorial disputes with Japan over Senkaku and with Vietnam, Philippines and several other countries over Spratly islands.