Japan Prime Minster Shinzo Abe said the current tension between Japan and China is a “similar situation” as the rivalry Britain and Germany before World War I, Gideon Rachman of The Financial Times reports.
The comparison, he explained, lies in the fact that Britain and Germany – like China and Japan – had a strong trading relationship. But in 1914, this had not prevented strategic tensions leading to the outbreak of conflict.
The comparison of is a startling one, especially since any escalation that led direct military conflict would bring the U.S. to Japan’s defense.
Abe told Rachman that Chinese military spending, which he says is increasing by 10% a year, is a major source of instability in the region. Last year Japan boosted its military spending by the most in nearly two decades.
Between 1908 and 1913, European powers increased military spending by 50% after Germany began building a navy to rival Britain’s.
Full article: Shinzo Abe Compares Japan-China Tensions To UK-Germany Before World War I (Business Insider)