China Policy Institute Blog

Japan’s election: Abe is the best option for peace and stability in East Asia

Written by Alex Calvo. The announcement of an early election in Japan has been accompanied by intense debate on the state of the country’s economy and the success or otherwise of the package of policies known as “Abenomics”. While the economy is likely to remain the focus of the election campaign, we should be aware …

Anti-ship missiles in the defence of Taiwan: Limited war or people’s war?

Written by Alex Calvo. More than thirty years on, the shadow of the 1982 Falklands War looms large over East Asia, as made clear by Japanese PM Abe’s increasingly frequent references to the conflict. While democratic politicians may seek inspiration in Lady Thatcher’s refusal to condone aggression, military officers are busy studying the conflict’s many …

China’s Perspective on the ADIZ: Backfire or Signal Flare?

Written by Huang Wei. China’s recent move to establish the East China Sea Air Defence Identification Zone (ADIZ) is widely considered negative and seen by some commentators as having backfired, especially when the U.S. sent B-52 bombers to touch upon the edge of China’s ADIZ. Such a development was hardly unexpected by Beijing. It would be against …

China’s dangerous gamble

Written by J. Michael Cole. The announcement by China on November 23 that it had established and would enforce an Air Defense Identification Zone (ADIZ) in the East China Sea is the latest in a series of worrying developments under the leadership of Chinese President Xi Jinping, and one that unnecessarily increases the risks of …

Japan reacts to China’s ADIZ

Written by Corey Wallace. If China’s recent announcement establishing an Air Defense Identification Zone (ADIZ) was concocted as part of a strategy to put more pressure on Japan in order to force it to come to the negotiating table on the Senkaku/Diaoyu dispute, it shows a clear lack of understanding about the motivations and likely …

China’s new ADIZ: Do not panic, yet do worry.

Written by Michal Thim. With the announcement of the new Air Defense Identification Zone (ADIZ) on 23 November, Beijing has elevated its territorial claims in the East China Sea to a higher level, literally. Chinese officials and experts were quick to argue that the newly established ADIZ is no different from those of other nations …

Aspirations and Limitations in Japan’s Defense Planning

Written by Yu-Ping Chang.  Chinese assertiveness in the Senkaku (Diaoyu Dao or Diaoyutais) disputes and the attempt to project power in the open sea beyond the first island chain with its growing naval capabilities have prompted a sense of increasing threat in Tokyo. In response, Japanese government is striving to pull the country out of economic …

Nationalism and Escalation in the East China Sea

Written by Jessica Chen Weiss. Is compromise or de-escalation possible in the ongoing standoff between China and Japan over the Diaoyu/Senkaku islands? With nationalism resurgent and mistrust deepening on both sides, the role of domestic politics remains crucial in assessing possible paths toward resolving or at least re-shelving the territorial issue. Any compromise in the …

Beijing’s Dilemma in the Handling of Anti-Japanese Popular Nationalism amid Disputes with Japan

By Kang Su-Jeong. Sino-Japanese relations have experienced ups and downs over the past decade. Mounting tensions between the two countries has been accompanied by outbursts of anti-Japanese sentiment in China. The Chinese government’s response to such nationalist outbursts has not always been consistent. While the government has made use of nationalism for its domestic and/or …

The Diaoyu Islands Dispute in Domestic Politics

By Hongyi Lai. The flare-up of the Diaoyu (Senkaku) Islands in the recent months has caught worldwide attention. In early September 2012 the Japanese government announced its intention to purchase the islands. The Chinese government condemned the Japanese purchase of the islands and took other strong reactions. In the wake of the announcement the China-Japan …