Japan Times reports about escalating demonstrations in China against the recent move of the Japanese government to buy the Senkaku islands. They are the object of a long standing dispute involving Japan, China, Taiwan, and the United States (who would be obliged under U.S. Japan Security Treaty to help Japan fight off a military move by China).
These developments are not welcome. They threaten peace in East Asia. I hope things don’t get out of control.
From the point of view of the Asia Super Grid project, there are two possible points of view.
I disagree. It is exactly the other way round.
Having stronger economic relations, starting out with cooperation over energy, can only help keeping peace. The EU has been remarkably successful in keeping peace on the European continent for over 60 years.
And as long as Japan has not reached 100 percent domestic renewable energy production, it will always depend strongly on energy imports. Even if China shuts down electricity exports to Japan over some dispute or other, Japan would only be back to where it was in the first place, without building the Asia Super Grid.