1st Edition

The China-Japan Border Dispute Islands of Contention in Multidisciplinary Perspective

Edited By Tim F. Liao, Kimie Hara, Krista Wiegand Copyright 2015
    214 Pages
    by Routledge

    214 Pages
    by Routledge

    Crossing disciplinary boundaries, this volume offers a rare forum for a serious analysis of the territorial dispute over the Diaoyu/Senkaku Islands between China and Japan. To understand the complexity of the dispute and to find peaceful solutions, we must reach beyond the confines of a single discipline and perspective. The volume deconstructs conflicting perspectives on the two sides of the dispute. Territorial disputes often become symbolic expressions of nationalistic rivalries, particularly as political claims for territories escalate and economic competition for resources between countries intensifies. Cutting through the political rhetoric on both sides of the controversy and bringing together a group of eight scholars from the disciplines of history, international relations, law, political science, and sociology, this book analyzes the relevant history, international law, multilateral relations, political agendas, and social and collective memory, to shed light on this difficult dispute. Taken together, the chapters of the book propose short-term, medium-term, and long-term peaceful solutions for going beyond the impasse of the current territorial dispute.

    Introduction, Tim F. Liao, Krista E. Wiegand and Kimie Hara. Part I Historical Considerations: Much ado over small islands: the Sino-Japanese confrontation over Senkaku/Diaoyu, Gavan McCormack; Okinawa, Taiwan, and the Senkaku/Diaoyu Islands in United States-Japan-China relations, Kimie Hara; The May 26, 1971 US diplomatic note on the Diaoyutai issue: Taiwan's sovereignty claim and the US response, Man-houng Lin. Part II Legal Considerations: Sovereignty over the Senkaku/Diaoyu Islands: a guide to the legal debate, Ryan M. Scoville; A constructive role for international law in the Senkaku Islands?, Carlos Ramos-Mrosovsky. Part III Social and Political Considerations: The formation of collective memory about the Diaoyu/Senkaku Islands history in China and Japan, Tim F. Liao; How Japan benefits from the Senkaku/Diaoyu Islands dispute, Krista E. Wiegand; Sino-Japanese conflict and reconciliation in the East China Sea, Paul Midford. Index.


    Tim F. Liao is Professor of Sociology at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and has served as Head of the Department of Sociology and Acting Director of the Center for East Asian and Pacific Studies at Illinois. Kimie Hara is Professor and the Renison Research Professor at the University of Waterloo, where she is also the Director of East Asian Studies at Renison University College. Krista E. Wiegand is an Associate Professor of Political Science at The University of Tennessee, Knoxville. Her research interests include territorial disputes, conflict management, Asian and Middle East security, and terrorism.

    "The disputed Senkaku/Diaoyu Islands remain a flashpoint in Sino-Japanese relations and the risk of aggravation is imminent. This compelling and well-argued collection addresses the historical and legal background of the dispute, its ongoing politicisation and potential solutions. With its multidisciplinary approach, this volume provides new perspectives that should be of great interest to scholars, students and policymakers."  Linus Hagström, Swedish Institute of International Affairs, Sweden

    "The study of territorial issues has become one of the key approaches in conflict studies, but few works concern themselves with contemporary issues or the evolution of particular conflicts over time. This volume changes that. Combining historical, legal, and political arguments on a single conflict zone, this book examines both the domestic and international implications of conflicting Chinese and Japanese territorial claims. The collection is an important read for those interested in territorial conflicts and policymaking and a must have book for anyone who studies Sino-Japanese relations."  Douglas M. Gibler, University of Alabama, USA

    "Underlining this book'a panoply of voices, Ryan M. Scoville argues in favor of Japan's sovereignty claims from a legal perspective. According to his cogently argued essay, acquisitive prescription trumps prior occupation, not least because evidence of earlier Chinese acquiescence to Japanese claims is 'damning.' " Dr Giulio Pugliese, King's College London, UK