Here we go again. China attempting to bully its way into eventual more aggressive claim of the Senkaku Islands. I guess claiming the entire South China Sea isn't enough for China, now they are more aggressively eying the East China Sea. They may find it harder to bully around Japan, S. Korea, and Taiwan than it is to bully Vietnam, Philippines, and Malaysia. Unfortunately their renewed aggressive posture in the East China Sea could escalate tensions to a very dangerous point with Japan particularly. This is also causing a resurgence of militarism in Japan, which I'm sure no one is comfortable with.
China slams 'inappropriate' U.S. remarks on island dispute with Japan - CNN.com
"This unilateral action constitutes an attempt to change the status quo in the East China Sea. Escalatory action will only increase tensions in the region and create risks of an incident," U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said.
"We have urged China to exercise caution and restraint, and we are consulting with Japan and other affected parties throughout the region," Kerry said. The United States has thousands of troops stationed in Japan as part of a security treaty between the two allies.