As Tensions Escalate Between China and Japan, the US Plays Both Sides
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National problems have regional consequences, and regional problems have increasingly assumed a global dimension. A strengthened and more democratic United Nations is necessary to resolve these crises. The alternatives – spiraling conflict and even war between the two East Asian giants -- are the stuff of nightmares.
Conn Hallinan is a Foreign Policy In Focus columnist. He also writes the blog, Distpatches from the Edge.