1st Edition

The China-Japan Conflict over the Senkaku/Diaoyu Islands
Useful Rivalry





ISBN 9781138308732
Published October 16, 2017 by Routledge
214 Pages

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Book Description

This book examines the foreign and security policies adopted by China and Japan since the 1970s in their competition over the Senkaku/Diaoyu Islands in the East China Sea.  It charts the development of a dispute that has become a potential flashpoint for conflict between the two countries. The book explains that while increasing nationalism in both China and Japan helps to fuel and sustain the dispute, a key factor is that the leaderships in both countries find competition over the islands to be a convenient vehicle supporting their wider approach to foreign and security policy, which is becoming increasingly assertive and potentially belligerent.



Table of Contents

 

CONTENTS



Acknowledgements

Abbreviations



CHAPTER ONE: Contested Territory



The dispute: what it is and why it matters



An expression of competitive politics in East Asia



Mining data on the dispute



Legal, historical and geographical evidence brought to sovereignty claim



Japan’s official position



The PRC’s official position



The US official position



CHAPTER TWO: Neo-Classical Realism and Managed Strategic Confrontation



Theorizing foreign policy



Neoclassical realism



China and Japan as ‘useful rivals’: managed strategic confrontation



A focus on nationalism



Foreign and Security Policy Actors



CHAPTER THREE: The Islands’ Economic and Strategic Value



Economic value of the islands: EEZ and resource exploitation



Strategic value of the islands



The islands and China’s growing maritime power



The islands and Japan’s shift towards greater activism



CHAPTER FOUR: The Cold War Phase of the Dispute



1970s—Scrambling for oil or global recognition?



The islands and the reversion of Okinawa (1971)



The islands, diplomatic normalisation (1972) and the Treaty of Peace and Friendship (1978)



Analysis: the islands are neither a priority, nor are they in reach



The islands, US ambivalence and the Taiwan issue



The islands and peripheral Chinese nationalism



1980s: Bilateral tensions and quiet around the islands



CHAPTER FIVE: The Post-Cold War Phase of the Dispute



1990 and 1996 cycles of the islands crisis: bilateral restraint



2004-2005 cycle of the islands crisis: Beijing sanctions limited domestic activism



2010 cycle: the issue becomes highly politicized



2012 cycle: Japan’s transfer of ownership



Crisis

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Biography

Anna Costa completed her doctorate at the University of Hong Kong. Her research centres on the contemporary international relations of East Asia. She is an Honorary Assistant Professor of the School of Modern Languages and Cultures, Department of Modern China Studies, of The University of Hong Kong.