For centuries, the relationship between China and Japan may be best described as tense to turbulent with two Sino-Japanese wars all within the last century or so. However, the fuse was lit again this month when Japan seized a Chinese fishing boat near a disputed border. The Third Sino-Japanese War could be brewing, but with brand new battle formation this time around.
Both the U.S. and EU governments allege that a planned tax cut by Taiwanese government on domestic rice wine will create an unfair competition to imported whisky, cognac and brandy,and have threatened to file a WTO case against Tawian. As battle clouds are gathering at the WTO, it seems high time for some quick cross-cultural understanding....on rice wine.