Asia

 

In Okinawa, Talk of Break From Japan Turns Serious

Worldwide, land will continue to be a source for tension and conflict. In recent months, the small island of Okinawa has garnered attention on its desire to gain independence from Japan. The issue of separation had been discussed in the past but the idea of independence was often ridiculed. Japan’s forced seizure of Okinawa in 1879 and the establishment of American military bases following World War II were crucial roles in the causes for Okinawa’s venture for independence. Nevertheless, several critics have speculated that Chinese influence is causing this ‘sudden thirst’ for independence, which would strain the existing tension between Japan and China over disputed lands.

Fackler, Martin. “In Okinawa, Talk of Break From Japan Turns Serious.” The New York Times. 5 July 2013. Web. November 2013. <http://www.nytimes.com/2013/07/06/world/asia/in-okinawa-talk-of-break-from-japan-turns-serious.html?pagewanted=1&ref=territorialdisputes>.

 

Pushed to the Edge: Indigenous Rights Denied in Bangladesh’s Chittagong Hill Tracts (Pgs. 5-8, 26-31)

This Amnesty International report gives crucial information about the land disputes in Bangladesh, and discusses how Bangladesh’s government is dealing with the matter. The report describes the brutal and violent land conflicts between the Pahari-Indigenous people and Bengali settlers. Although the government of Bangladesh organized a peace accord, it has failed to implement such accords. Thus, the number of land conflicts and human rights violations has increased.

Amnesty International. “Pushed to the Edge: Indigenous Rights Denied in Bangladesh’s Chittagong Hill Tracts.” 2013. Pgs. 5-8, 26-31. November 2013. <http://reliefweb.int/sites/reliefweb.int/files/resources/Amnesty.pdf>.

 

This Land is My Land

Brian Palmer, chief writer of Slate, describes the various land conflicts that have evolved over the years between Japan, China, South Korea and India. Contrary to many arguments, the author states that several land disputes worldwide are being settled peacefully. Palmer argues that democratic countries are more likely to settle land conflicts. As he explains, “Two-thirds of the countries involved in territorial disagreements are nondemocratic states, and studies suggest the democratic countries that are locked in disputes are more likely to negotiate and offer land concessions.” Palmer brings about a new philosophy to land disputes.

Palmer, Brian. “This Land is My Land.” Slate. 5 October 2012. Web. November 2013. <http://www.slate.com/articles/news_and_politics/explainer/2012/10/territorial_disputes_how_much_of_the_earth_is_claimed_by_multiple_countries_.html>.

 

Asian Land Dispute of Concern to Rare Earth Investors

In this article, Adam Currie highlights the conflicts between Japan and China over a group of uninhabited islands and their natural resources. Currie provides a brief description of the land disputes, and acknowledges them as extremely serious as they will have a direct effect on both countries’ economies. The author explains the tension between China and Japan by stating, “Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda confirmed that Tokyo is unwilling to compromise on its claim to a group of uninhabited islands,” which shows the level of impact and influence land disputes can have on international relations. This ongoing dispute over rare earth elements (REE) exemplifies the type of disruption and destruction environment and land are capable of having on our world today, which shows how invaluable they truly are.

Currie, Adam. “Asian Land Dispute of Concern to Rare Earth Investors.” Rare Earth Investing News. 1 October 2012. Web. November 2013. <http://rareearthinvestingnews.com/8108-asian-land-dispute-rare-earth-investors-japan-china-taiwan-lynas.html>.

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