A Chinese fishing boat collided with two Japanese patrol boats which led to its captain being detained for several days before being released. In a normal situation, this would resolve the situation without creating a turmoil and anger. But, the issue is not a fishing boat so much as fishing to see which nation will gain control over areas that might contain oil deposits. The Chinese government complaimed about Japan’s refusal to create, “appropriate conditions and atmosphere” to resolve the dispute. Japan’s foreign minister reponded with comments concerning China’s “hysterical” behavior which only resulted in China claiming Japan was being provocative.
OK, children, enough of the games about language and fishing boats. Let everyone get back to the real issue– which nation will control possible oil deposits in the region between Japan and China. Has anyone considered a joint oil development project? Now, that would be one hysterical and provocative action!