Muscle-flexing over the archipelago of disputed islands in East Asian seas featured prominently in the political campaigns that have brought forth new leaders for China, Japan and South Korea.
But don’t expect an end to the posturing and provocations just because the political season is over, Asia watchers say.
China claims that a handful of rocks in the East China Sea is a part of its ancient heritage. Known as the Diaoyus, they are a strategic component of China's mission to project an image of power throughout the region. Japan, which calls the islands the Senkakus, insists the territory has been under its control for more than a century, and Tokyo stands defiant against what it considers China's menacing incursions.