US: Cooler heads over island dispute, please

by Chris Zappone

Says the US regarding the Diaoyu-Senkaku islands.

But let’s revise the guidelines for Japan-US Defense Cooperation, anyway.

Key quote: “I was pleased to see this toned down rhetoric though think it is too soon to jump to any conclusions that this is the beginning of a more constructive approach,” said former China director of NSC Paul Haenle.

I’m not sure the rhetoric has toned down.

Key quote from the Communist Party of China-controlled Global Times just last week: 

Chinese society is tired of simple verbal protests toward Japan. The Chinese people hope the country will carry out actions against Japan’s provocations. China’s sending fighter jets to the islands reflects Chinese public opinion.