Senkaku Islands dispute drives Russia and Japan closer

Russia's Vladimir Putin and Japan's Shinzo Abe have a good relationship (photo:dpa)
Russia's Vladimir Putin and Japan's Shinzo Abe have a good relationship (photo:dpa)

Russia has a 70-year dispute with Japan over four islands, the South Kurils. But the two countries are working to find a long-term solution. Coincidentally, China’s latest action over its own dispute with Japan concerning the disputed Senkaku Islands could drive Japan and Russia closer as they both fear China’s growing influence.

INCREASED tensions between China and Japan over the Senkaku Islands in the South China Sea are driving Russia and Japan closer.

Both countries are concerned with the potential security threat posed by China. Russia is particularly alarmed that its thinly populated Far East could become part of China’s economic sphere and unde...

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