By Pat Welsh, contributor

On July 28, 1914, World War I broke out in Europe, which spread to other continents soon thereafter.  During the following month Japan’s Prime Minister Ōkuma Shigenobu directed Foreign Minister Kato Taka-aki to throw Japan’s lot with Britain and France against the Central Powers, Germany and Austria-Hungary.  The motivation for this lay not so much with the idea of helping Britain and France as it was to head off any future objections that Britain might have toward advancing Japan’s future activities in China.  It was hoped that Britain would provide diplomatic interference for a Japanese seizure and permanent possession of all German mandates and leaseholds in the Pacific and in China.

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By Pat Welsh, contributor

In December 2012, this newspaper gave an overview of a dispute between Japan, the Republic of China (Taiwan) and the Peoples’ Republic of China concerning jurisdiction over the uninhabited Senkaku-Diaoyu Islands. These islands are 110 miles north of Ishigaki Island, Japan, and 116 miles northeast of Keelung, Taiwan, Republic of China. After seismic studies of the late 1960s and early 1970s indicated substantial oil reserves in this area, these islands have become the subject of a potentially serious dispute.

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By Pat Welsh 

These days, Shanghai is largely known as a commercial center. Prior to 1949, the popular image of Shanghai was very different. It did have a reputation as a commercial center, but its image suffered greatly because of its well-known history of underworld activities. As a result, the slang term “to be shanghaied,” meaning ...

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By Elaine Dunn

Taiwan. The “other” China. The Republic of China.

Each Oct. 10, nearly all 23 million residents of this island nation that sits on the southeastern coast off the People’s Republic of China get the day off to celebrate its National Day (國慶日).

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By Greg Hugh, Staff Writer

As has been reported in the news, there is a controversy over a chain of uninhabited islands that is being claimed by China, Japan and the Republic of China (Taiwan). These islands are reputed to have vast oil deposits and are surrounded by rich fishing grounds.

But the islands, known as Senkaku in Japanese and Diaoyu in Chinese, have a long history of straining relations and inspiring nationalist resentment between the two Asian neighbors, long before the issue of oil resources in the area came up.

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