Asian Territorial and Maritime Disputes: A Critical Introduction

De Souza, Moises orcid iconORCID: 0000-0003-1459-9520, Karalekas, Dean and Coutaz, Gregory (2022) Asian Territorial and Maritime Disputes: A Critical Introduction. E-IR Publications Ltd, Bristol, UK. ISBN 978-1-910814-63-5

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This volume is designed to be a practical, yet critical, introduction to the main maritime and territorial disputes in the Indo-Pacific region. It covers the most controversial disputes, including those in the South China Sea, the Senkaku/ Diaoyu Islands, Dokdo/Takeshima, the Kuril Islands, Taiwan, and Sino-India border issues. In addition, the role of the key actors in the region is examined, offering various perspectives on the disputes along with the basic rationales behind claimant nations’ diplomatic approaches. With a team of contributors made up of both senior and early-career scholars, diplomats, and legal specialists, the book provides a wide range of insights that go beyond what is provided in the media.


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Moises de Souza, Dean Karalekas, and Gregory Coutaz
The Role of ASEAN in the South China Sea Disputes
Leticia Simões
Understanding the Senkaku/Diaoyu Islands Dispute: Diplomatic, Legal, and Strategic Contexts
Yoichiro Sato and Astha Chadha
China’s Strategic Thinking on the Diaoyu/Senkaku Island Dispute
Duan Xiaolin
The Dokdo and Kuril Islands: Japan’s Twin Disputes
Serafettin Yilmaz
US Policy in the South China Sea Across Three Administrations: Pivot, Transactionalism, and Strength Through Alliances
Adam Gerval and Mark Henderson
Assessing Neutrality: The United States’ Role in the Diaoyu Islands Dispute
Alana Camoça Gonçalves de Oliveira
Dashing Lines and Faking History: The Complicated History of Taipei’s Maritime Claims
Dean Karalekas
Sino-Indian Border Dispute: A Brief Introduction
Mayuri Banerjee
Understanding China’s ‘New’ Assertiveness from Resolved Territorial Questions
Bhaso Ndzendze

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