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Maritime territorial disputes in East Asia: a comparative analysis of the South China Sea and the East China Sea

Maritime territoriale Konflikte in Ostasien: eine vergleichende Analyse des südchinesischen Meeres und des ostchinesischen Meeres
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Abstract 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 China; Japan; national territory; security; conflict potential; security policy; international relations; United States of America; ASEAN; hegemonical policy; stability; constructivism; methodology; Asia
Classification Peace and Conflict Research, International Conflicts, Security Policy; Area Development Planning, Regional Research
Method basic research; theory formation
Free Keywords Political science; Chinese politics; South China Sea; maritime security; East China Sea; regional security; contemporary
Document language English
Publication Year 2011
Page/Pages p. 165-193
Journal Journal of Current Chinese Affairs, 40 (2011) 2
ISSN 1868-4874
Status Published Version; peer reviewed
Licence Creative Commons - Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works