Maritime Territorial Disputes in East Asia: A Comparative Analysis of the South China Sea and the East China Sea
Journal Of Current Chinese Affairs, 40(2), 165-193, 2011
31 Pages Posted: 12 May 2014
Date Written: July, 2011
This article systematically compares maritime territorial disputes in the East and South China Seas. It draws on the bargaining model of war and hegemonic stability theory to track the record of conflicts and shifts in the relative power balances of the claimants, leading to the conclusion that certainty and stability have improved in the South China Sea, with the converse happening in the East China Sea. To enrich the models, this article also considers social factors (constructivism) and arrives at the same conclusion. This calls for a differentiated methodological approach if we are to devise strategies to mediate and resolve these disputes.
Keywords: Diaoyu/Senkaku Islands, South China Sea, regional security
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