China Policy Institute Blog

The Islands In-between

Written by Misato Matsuoka. The “Senkaku”, “Diaoyu” or “Diaoyutai” islands have been at the centre of a long-standing territorial dispute between Japan, China and Taiwan. There is no consensus about the historical trajectory of the ownership of the islands. The tensions, especially between China and Japan, have intensified, triggered by the collision between a Chinese …

The Senkaku/Diaoyu Islands: The Spark for Great Power War?

Written by Harry Kazianis. While China has multiple overlapping territorial claims with many of its neighbors in various parts of the East and South China Seas, none has more potential for great power conflict as claims concerning the Senkaku/Diaoyu Islands. In fact, considering this hotly disputed area of the Asia-Pacific is contested by two of …

Amphibious Posturing and the Senkaku Dispute

Written by Ian Bowers. The creation of a Japanese amphibious unit tasked with recapturing the nation’s outermost islands following an invasion is part of a package of measures designed to counteract potential Chinese aggression over the Senkaku islands. However, the use of military force to decide the dispute is unlikely given the inherent difficulty of …

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 …

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 …