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Chinese People’s Liberation Army Navy recruits chant slogans during a parade to mark the end of a semester at a military base of the North Sea Fleet, in Qingdao, Shandong province December 5, 2013.
Chinese People’s Liberation Army Navy recruits chant slogans during a parade to mark the end of a semester at a military base of the North Sea Fleet, in Qingdao, Shandong province December 5, 2013.
(CHINA DAILY/REUTERS)

George Petrolekas

Don’t let the East China Sea turn 2014 China into 1914 Europe

Strategic logic, adversarial fear and nationalistic emotion are often the major paths leading to war – as are their progenies, historical enmity and ethnic humiliation. Unfortunately in the East China Sea, all of these are in play. Fear and emotion are dominating actions; these, if unchecked, can increase the prospect of a conflict no one wants needs or can afford.