Dean Rohrer

Nacionalismo Asiático no Mar

CAMBRIDGE – Irá rebentar a guerra nos mares da Ásia Oriental? Depois de nacionalistas Chineses e Japoneses terem organizado acções concorrentes de ocupação nos territórios áridos a que a China se refere como Ilhas Diaoyu e a que o Japão chama Ilhas Senkaku, manifestantes irados na cidade de Chengdu, no sudoeste da China, entoavam cânticos de “Temos que matar todos os Japoneses.”

Do mesmo modo, um confronto entre navios Chineses e Filipinos no Recife de Scarborough, no Mar da China Meridional, originou protestos em Manila. E um muito esperado avanço na cooperação entre a Coreia do Sul e o Japão foi torpedeado quando o presidente Sul-Coreano visitou a ilha árida a que a Coreia chama Dokdo, o Japão chama Takeshima, e os Estados Unidos chamam Rochedos de Liancourt.

Não devemos alarmar-nos demasiado. Os EUA declararam que as Ilhas Senkaku (administradas pela Prefeitura de Okinawa quando esta foi devolvida ao Japão em 1972) estão cobertas pelo tratado de segurança EUA-Japão. Entretanto, o confronto no Recife de Scarborough acalmou, e, embora o Japão tenha mandado regressar o seu embaixador na Coreia do Sul após o incidente de Dokdo, é improvável que os dois países iniciem hostilidades.

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