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  • A Japanese Perspective of South China Sea Order
    A Japanese Perspective of South China Sea Order

    East Asia is a huge seascape. As a result, the sea’s connecting power is of a priceless importance to the entire region. The rules-based international maritime order is in everyone’s interest, including Japan.
  • Japan’s National Interests in the South China Sea: FON, the Rule of Law, and Nuclear Deterrence
    Japan’s National Interests in the South China Sea: FON, the Rule of Law, and Nuclear Deterrence

    Category: Working Papers
    The great geostrategist Nicholas Spykman once described the South China Sea as the ‘Asiatic Mediterranean’ to emphasise its importance in Asian geopolitics. Just as the Roman Empire sought control over the Mediterranean and the United States over the Caribbean in pursuit of regional dominance, China seeks dominance over the South China Sea, making it a ‘Chinese Caribbean.’
  • Japan and Korea Sign the Ganghwa Treaty
    Japan and Korea Sign the Ganghwa Treaty

    Category: Book review
    Contrary to popular belief, Lorem Ipsum is not simply random text. It has roots in a piece of classical Latin literature from 45 BC, making it over 2000 years old. Richard McClintock, a Latin professor at Hampden-Sydney College in Virginia, looked up one of the more obscure Latin words, consectetur, from a Lorem Ipsum
  • In The Indian Ocean Region Japan Incorpo
    In The Indian Ocean Region Japan Incorpo

    Category: Book review
    Contrary to popular belief, Lorem Ipsum is not simply random text. It has roots in a piece of classical Latin literature from 45 BC, making it over 2000 years old. Richard McClintock, a Latin professor at Hampden-Sydney College in Virginia, looked up one of the more obscure Latin words, consectetur, from a Lorem Ipsum
  • Sino-Vietnamese diplomatic relations are more robust Japan Incorporates Senkaku
    Sino-Vietnamese diplomatic relations are more robust Japan Incorporates Senkaku

    Category: By Region
    After months of internal debate within the Obama administration, the guided missile destroyer USS Lassentransited within 12 nautical miles of Subi Reef, one of China’s artificially-built features in the South China Sea, on October 27 in what is termed a “freedom of navigation” (FON) operation. It was accompanied by two maritime surveillance aircraft, a P-8A Poseidon and a P-3 Orion.
  • Spoke-To-Spoke Alliances Japan Incorporates
    Spoke-To-Spoke Alliances Japan Incorporates

    Category: Flashpoints
    UNCLOS provided guidelines, but was not determinative. The conclusive round of Sino-Vietnamese negotiations (1992-2000) was facilitated by the parties’ informal agreement in 1993 that the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS) would furnish the basic principles to be applied to resolving maritime boundary disputes. They also agreed that international practice, equity, and relevant circumstances would be given appropriate weight in negotiations. The parties did not use their respective interpretations 
  • The Case For Japan’s Patrol In The South China Sea
    The Case For Japan’s Patrol In The South China Sea

    Category: Environment
    China’s foreign ministry spokesman Lu Kang criticized the exercise, saying the U.S. Navy ship “illegally entered” the waters near the islands “without receiving permission from the Chinese government,” “threatened China’s sovereignty and security interests,” and “endangered regional peace and stability.”
  • Japan Incorporates Senkaku Islands  The Indian
    Japan Incorporates Senkaku Islands The Indian

    Category: Security
    After several years of surveys, Japan incorporates the Senkaku Islands through a formal Cabinet decision. The incorporation is based on the islands having terra nullius status – they were unoccupied by any nation, belonging to no one. Tokyo argues that its incorporation was independent of its activities during the Sino-Japanese war. China disputes Japanese arguments that the Senkakus were truly terra nullius and that the 
  • Japan and Korea Sign the Ganghwa Treaty
    Japan and Korea Sign the Ganghwa Treaty

    Category: Politics
    The Japan-Korea Treaty of Amity, also known as The Treaty of Ganghwa Island, is signed. This treaty mandates the opening of three Korean ports to Japanese trade and the granting of rights to Japanese citizens in Korea that has previously been reserved for westerners, such as extraterritoriality.
  • Japan is Forced to Open Trade to Foreigners
    Japan is Forced to Open Trade to Foreigners

    Category: Politics
    Commodore Matthew Perry uses "gunboat diplomacy" to open up Japan's ports to trade with the United States.This gradual opening to the West brings on a surge of economic, political, and technological reforms that lead indirectly to the overthrow of the Tokugawa Shogunate and to the return of imperial rule in a period now known as the Meiji Restoration.
  • Philippines and Japan Strengthen a Twenty-First
    Philippines and Japan Strengthen a Twenty-First

    Category: Security
    Philippines’ approach took China by surprise. Beijing is by no means prepared to settle the South China Sea disputes through legal means. Chinese foreign policy elites are not convinced that the arbitration is about legal contestations between the Philippines and China at all. Many of them firmly believe that Washington has been heavily involved from the beginning, and that Manila initiated the case to provoke and put political pressure on Beijing. These elites point to the coincidental timing of various decisions by the tribunal and U.S. activities in the Asia Pacific. Chinese maritime lawyers claim that there are numerous weaknesses and ...
  • PHILIPPINES AND JAPAN STRENGTHEN A TWENTY
    PHILIPPINES AND JAPAN STRENGTHEN A TWENTY

    Category: Politics
    During a bilateral meeting at the November 18-19 Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation leaders’ summit in Manila, Philippine president Benigno Aquino and Japanese prime minister Shinzo Abe agreed in principle to negotiate the transfer of defense equipment and technology from the Japan Self-Defense Forces to the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP). If completed, this accord would be Japan’s first defense agreement with an Asian country. More significantly, it is an indication that both countries are determined to pursue a strategic partnership in the face of China’s growing assertiveness in Asia.
  • Why Vanguard Bank and Why Now? Explaining Chinese Behavior in the South China Sea

    Category: Politics
    During the course of my recent discussions with Vietnamese interlocutors, one question has recurred: after a period of prolonged quiet in Vietnam-China relations in the South China Sea (SCS), why has Beijing all of a sudden decided to take a stand at Vanguard Bank? And one could easily further ask why at the same time Beijing opened a new front by conducting a major military exercise at the Paracel Islands? I think there are several components to answering these questions. First, although Vanguard Bank represents the worst Vietnam-China tensions in the SCS since the Haiyang Shiyou 981 oil rig standoff in May ...
  • What Makes An Island? Land Reclamation
    What Makes An Island? Land Reclamation

    The agreements offer both positive and negative lessons. At a minimum, they provide important precedents that should be more widely appreciated – foremost among them that it is possible for China to come to the bargaining table on maritime disputes. Meanwhile specific lessons can be applied to China’s bilateral maritime disputes with Japan, Vietnam, and the Koreas. Unfortunately the Tonkin agreements support only modest expectations for resolution of the complex, multilateral Spratly Islands disputes.
  • AMTI Director Gregory Poling On The CogitAsia
    AMTI Director Gregory Poling On The CogitAsia

    Category: Security
    Dr. Michael Green is senior vice president for Asia and Japan Chair at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) and Executive Advisor to AMTI. Gregory Poling is Director of AMTI and Fellow with the Asia Program at CSIS
  • Weekly News 21/12 - 27/12
    Weekly News 21/12 - 27/12

    Category: Politics
    -(The Diplomat 22/12) The Strategist, the Lawyer and the South China Sea: Understanding law and politics in contested waters. - (Ibtimes 22/12) Japan Spots Armed Chinese Ships Patrolling Senkaku Islands: The sighting is likely to add tension to the already strained Tokyo-Beijing diplomatic relationship, which has suffered as a result of China's claims over island chains and territorial waters in the region. The sighting is likely to add tension to the already strained Tokyo-Beijing diplomatic relationship, which has suffered as a result of China's claims over island chains and territorial waters in the region.
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