The Island and Maritime Disputes in the East China Sea

Part of the The Political Economy of the Asia Pacific book series (PEAP)


The dispute over these small and uninhabited islands may appear paradoxical. China is the world’s most populous country and the third largest in land area. Japan is the world’s second largest economy and one of the largest maritime countries. Furthermore, the two East Asian giants have forged closer economic ties since their diplomatic rapprochement in 1972, currently making them one of the most important economic partners for each other.3 Certainly a pragmatic consideration of national interests would suggest more cooperative behavior.


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