Saturday, October 21, 2017

Breaking Island News

Canada: Sovereignty dispute resolved as troops withdrawn from Hans Island

Hans Island Courtesy of Wikipedia.org

Military official calls end to operations on Hans Island, signaling the end of a twenty-year old diplomatic dispute between Denmark and Canada.

Hans Island Courtesy of Wikipedia.org

High-ranking army general, Walter Natynczyk, has announced a change of tact regarding the long-disputed, uninhabited Hans Island, backing away from military activity and at the …Read More: Canada: Sovereignty dispute resolved as troops withdrawn from Hans Island

Island Issues

Asia: China Stakes its Claim by Opening Disputed Islands to Tourism

Small disputed islands in Asia-Pacific are being promoted as exciting new tourism destinations, solidifying China’s growing influence over the region.

(Disputed Yongxing Island in the Paracels)

In past centuries, countries seeking to establish dominion over a territory had to build and maintain a costly military base. …Read More: Asia: China Stakes its Claim by Opening Disputed Islands to Tourism

Governments buying Islands

Asia: Will Cooler Heads Prevail in the China/Japan Island Dispute?

The controversy over who owns the Senkaku/Diaoyu Islands has been in the spotlight for months, but a recent incident suggests things are truly heating up. 

(The East China Sea islands claimed by Japan and China)

Just five islets and a few rocky outcroppings in the East China Sea – for such small …Read More: Asia: Will Cooler Heads Prevail in the China/Japan Island Dispute?

Governments buying Islands

Asia: Japan Raises 1 Billion Yen to Buy Senkaku Islands

The Governor of Tokyo has a simple solution for maintaining control over hotly disputed islands also claimed by the Chinese and Taiwanese governments – just buy them!

(The disputed Senkaku Islands, in the East China Sea)

It may be surprising that a few isolated snippets of land could cause so …Read More: Asia: Japan Raises 1 Billion Yen to Buy Senkaku Islands