The East China Sea Boils: China and Japan’s Dangerous Dance” is the latest article by Dr. Jeffrey Hornung for “The National Interest .”

In his article, Dr. Hornung looks at recent behavioral trends by Japan and China which he believes is “worrisome, because as China engages in more provocative behavior short of war in the East China Sea, Japan continues to match China’s assertiveness. This tit-for-tat behavior leaves room for mistakes that could have disastrous consequences.”

“China and Japan have an incentive to act and reduce tensions before things get worse,” states Hornung. “Neither China nor Japan wants a conflict borne out of tactical errors from their military personnel.”

You can read the full article online at:

Jeffrey W. Hornung is an associate professor at the Asia-Pacific Center for Security Studies in Honolulu, Hawaii, and also an Adjunct Fellow with the Office of the Japan Chair at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) in Washington, DC. The views expressed in this article are his own.