If anyone recalls the dispute of those islands in the Pacific earlier this year, one Australian professor has made a bold prediction that a conflict between China and Japan with U.S. involvement is quite likely in 2013, because once provocations have started like as they have over the Senkaku/Diaoyu islands they continue to escalate to war as neither side will bow down. I personally don't think this is going to happen as these are the world's three biggest economies, and have to much to lose economically and politically by going to war with each other, but stupider things have started wars in history. What do you think the chances of such a conflict are? Most certainly such a conflict would be by far the most serious conflict seen since perhaps the Iran-Iraq war of the 1980s.
Edited by MarcZ, 30 December 2012 - 12:43 AM.