The Senkaku/Diaoyu islands dispute and China’s foreign policy options / Balazs Szanto

Balazs, Szanto (2016) The Senkaku/Diaoyu islands dispute and China’s foreign policy options / Balazs Szanto. PhD thesis, University of Malaya.

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    Since 2012 the East China Sea has seen significant escalation in tensions as Sino-Japanese relations turned for the worse following Tokyo’s nationalisation of the disputed Senkaku/Diaoyu Islands. Despite the growing risk of an armed confrontation between the two major regional military powers (intentionally or accidentally), the security aspects have received limited attention within the academic literature dealing with the dispute. Approaching it from a realist perspective, this research seeks to analyse the security implications of the dispute, primarily focusing on analysing China’s potential course of action under the current circumstances. The key questions this research seeks to determine is whether a military confrontation between China and Japan is likely, and whether there are alternate options for foreign policy that could aver such an outcome. The conclusion of this research is that in the short-term China is likely to follow a delaying strategy as none of the other options are attractive from a rational choice perspective. However, in the medium- to long-term this research sees a significant potential for military confrontation. This is facilitated by Japanese policy eliminating the possibility of a peaceful settlement that would be politically acceptable for China.

    Item Type: Thesis (PhD)
    Additional Information: Thesis (PhD) – Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, University of Malaya, 2016.
    Uncontrolled Keywords: Senkaku/Diaoyu islands; Sino-Japanese; Regional military powers; Confrontation
    Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
    J Political Science > JA Political science (General)
    Divisions: Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences
    Depositing User: Mr Mohd Safri Tahir
    Date Deposited: 21 Feb 2017 13:05
    Last Modified: 18 Jan 2020 11:06

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