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.
’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 HagstrÃ¶m, 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