The Political Economy of the Asia Pacific

Island Disputes and Maritime Regime Building in East Asia

Between a Rock and a Hard Place

Authors: Koo, Min Gyo

  • Approaches Asian maritime disputes from an interdisciplinary perspective, encompassing economics, politics and history
  • Offers a theoretically informed and empirically rich analysis of the maritime regime in East Asia
  • Provides policymakers and analysts with a road map for successful management and development of the world’s most dynamic sea areas
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This book explores the three most prominent island disputes in East Asia: the Dokdo/Takeshima, the Senkaku/Diaoyu, and the Paracel and Spratly disputes. These island disputes clearly illustrate the puzzling pattern of continuity and mutual restraint in East Asia’s territorial conflicts. In dealing with sovereignty issues, East Asian countries have engaged in varied patterns of diplomatic and military behaviors. In some cases, one can find examples of the aggressive use of military force and intransigent bargaining strategies, while in others military inaction and accommodative diplomacy are equally evident. When and why do disputants pursue conflictual policies? Conversely, why do they at other times seek the containment, if not the resolution, of territorial disputes by shelving thorny sovereignty issues?

This book uses a territorial bargaining game framework to analyze various stages of dispute initiation, escalation, and de-escalation in a consistent and systematic manner. It starts from an assumption that territory involves mixed motive games, which can be characterized as having elements of partnership, competition, and conflict. Consistent with conventional wisdom, this book finds that the combination of resource competition, fluid geopolitics, and unstable domestic power dynamics has regularly brought about the initiation and escalation of the three island disputes. More importantly, this book discovers that the pacific influence of economic interdependence has repeatedly prevented the sovereignty disputes from escalating into a full-scale diplomatic and/or military crisis

Table of contents (8 chapters)

  • East Asian Island and Maritime Disputes in a World of Globalization

    Pages 1-19

  • Conceptual and Theoretical Framework

    Pages 21-44

  • Quantitative Analysis of East Asian Island Disputes

    Pages 45-62

  • The Island and Maritime Disputes in the East Sea/Sea of Japan

    Pages 63-101

  • The Island and Maritime Disputes in the East China Sea

    Pages 103-136

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Island Disputes and Maritime Regime Building in East Asia
Book Subtitle
Between a Rock and a Hard Place
Authors
Series Title
The Political Economy of the Asia Pacific
Copyright
2010
Publisher
Springer-Verlag New York
Copyright Holder
Springer-Verlag New York
eBook ISBN
978-0-387-89670-0
DOI
10.1007/978-0-387-89670-0
Hardcover ISBN
978-0-387-89669-4
Softcover ISBN
978-1-4419-6223-2
Series ISSN
1866-6507
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XX, 208
Number of Illustrations and Tables
17 b/w illustrations
Topics