Essay on Island Conflict

3233 Words Jun 2nd, 2013 13 Pages
Final Paper: Senkaku Diaoyu Dispute

Word Count: 3008
Table of Contents
Sino-Japanese Dispute over the Diaoyu/Senkaku Islands4
Pending Controversy from the Chinese Perspective 4
China’s Strategy in the Senkaku/Diaoyu Islands Dispute 6
Issue Linkage and Coercive Diplomacy 6
Sino-Japanese political-economic relations 8
Cold Politics and Hot Economics 8

Abstract: The Senkaku Diaoyu crisis is a territorial dispute between China and Japan over a group of islands know as Senkaku in Japanese and Diaoyu in Chinese. The Sino-Japanese dispute over the Diaoyu/Senkaku Islands dates back to as early as 1895 when Japan annexed the islands. It was not until the 1960’s and early 1970’s that the dispute becomes a
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Before then, Japan argues, the islets were uninhabited, without owner (terra nullius), and “showed no trace of having been under the control of China.” The Chinese and Taiwanese governments reject Japan’s terra nullius claim (Manyin 2013).
The United States State Department, during Senate deliberations on whether to consent to the ratification of the Okinawa Reversion Treaty, asserted that the United States took a neutral position with regard to the competing claims of Japan, China, and Taiwan, despite the return of the islets to Japanese administration (Manyin 2013).
“Sino-Japanese Dispute over the Diaoyu/Senkaku Islands:
The Pending Controversy from the chinese Perspective” In this article, Dr. Zhongqi Pan, an associate Professor at the School of International Relations and Public Affairs in Fundan University, talks about the island conflict between China and Japan over the Diaoyu and Senkaku Islands from a Chinese perspective. Dr. Zhongqi Pan starts off with an introduction of the islands. Diaoyu is the name the Chinese have for the islands while Senkaku is the Japanese name and are a tiny group of eight islands in the East China Sea, all of which are uninhabited. The Sino-Japanese dispute over the Diaoyu/Senkaku Islands dates back to as early as 1895 when Japan

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