The new year brings heightened tensions to Northeast Asia. The latest hostilities between North Korea and South Korea erupted in an exchange of artillery fire, initiated by the north, on Nov. 23; Japan and China contest the Senkaku Islands in the East China Sea; and Japan and Russia continue their claims to the South Kuril Islands that lie off northern Japan. The Yellow Sea, where North and South Korean patrol boats skirmished in 1999, 2002 and 2009, became deadly when a South Korean ...


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