Obama’s Asia rebalance turns into headache as China, Japan relations spiral down

By Simon Denyer, January 23, 2014

BEIJING – China and Japan are not talking any more, and the United States is hardly being listened to.

A dispute over a remote chain of islands in the East China Sea has spiraled into an increasingly dangerous standoff between Beijing and Tokyo in the last few weeks, deeply complicating President Obama’s attempts to forge closer partnerships in the region.

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