The Ryukyus (Okinawa) and Taiwan

Take a look at this very interesting comparison of the Ryukyu Islands and Taiwan on Japan FocusThe Ryukyus and Taiwan in the East Asian Seas: A Longue Durée Perspective.  Both the Ryukyu Islands and Taiwan are small, island societies stuck between two giants – China and Japan.  They are both also strategically located at the crossroads of East Asia.  The article is full of interesting historical factoids and tries to derive lessons from the historical rise of and fall of the Ryukyu Kingdom for modern day Taiwan.

 

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