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Title: Sea Power and the Geopolitcs of Sino-Japanese Security Relations in the East China Sea
Authors: Patalano, Alessio
Keywords: Nipponistica
Issue Date: 2015
Publisher: Venezia : Edizioni Ca' Foscari
Abstract: Disputed maritime boundaries are unlike their land equivalent. The oceans and seas of the world represent de facto an empty, border-less continuous global space where access and mobility determine the degree to which naval forces can exert control. In the East China Sea, however, Sino-Japanese disputes over their maritime borders are intertwined with questions of territorial ownership. There, issues of continental and maritime strategy are drawn together by the inhabited Senkaku/Diaoyutai Islands. There, territorial ownership matters because it has the potential to affect access and mobility and with it, control of the sea and its resources. This paper examines the strategic dimension of the Sino-Japanese territorial disputes over the Senkaku/Diaoyutai Islands one year after September 2010 collision between the Chinese fishing trawler and the cutters of the Japan Coast Guard and how the ability to claim sovereignty over the islands has a specific political and emotional value for both countries. Ultimately, the extent to China and Japan can develop common ways to access and exploit the maritime realm as a way to defuse tensions over the disputed ownership is evaluated.
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