Sovereign Rights and Territorial Space in Sino-Japanese Relations: Irredentism and the Diaoyu/Senkaku Islands (Google eBook)

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University of Hawaii Press, Jan 1, 2000 - Political Science - 298 pages
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In September 1996, members of the right-wing Japan Youth Federation repaired a lighthouse on one of the Diaoyu (J. Senkaku) Islands, a small group of uninhabited islets north of Taiwan in the Liuqiu (J. Ryukyu) chain, known today as Okinawa. For months, outraged ethnic Chinese in Hong Kong and Taiwan protested Japan's presence in the islands, and violent confrontations between protesters and the Japanese Marine Self-Defense Force resulted. Tension over these incidents has subsided since 1996, but the sovereignty of the islands remains a concern for both China and Japan. The long and complex history of relations between the two countries has made the problem difficult to resolve. This violatile situation has been further complicated by the involvement of other countries, including the U.S. Although the Diaoyu/Senkaku matter may be characterized as a simple territorial dispute between two nations, it exposes complicated geopolitical relations among Japan, China, Taiwan, and the U.S. in the Asia-Pacific region.
  

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Contents

International Law and the Diaoyu Islands
19
Historical Documents of the Diaoyu Islands A CrossTime Analysis
42
Critics of the Irredentism Debate over the Diaoyu Islands
101
From Irredentism to Modern Geopolitics The Diaoyu Islands during the Twentieth Century
116
Historical Justification and Chinese Hegemony
152
The Diaoyu Islands Maps and Historical Evidence
163
Notes
189
Glossary
237
Bibliography
245
Index
285
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Page 21 - The Court, whose function is to decide in accordance with international law such disputes as are submitted to it, shall apply : a. International conventions, whether general or particular, establishing rules expressly recognized by the contesting states; b.
Page 21 - International conventions, whether general or particular, establishing rules expressly recognized by the contesting states; b. international custom, as evidence of a general practice accepted as law ; c. the general principles of law recognized by civilized nations ; d. subject to the provisions of Article 59, judicial decisions and the teachings of the most highly qualified publicists of the various nations, as subsidiary means for the determination of rules of law.
Page 20 - The delimitation of the continental shelf between States with opposite or adjacent coasts shall be effected by agreement on the basis of international law, as referred to in Article 38 of the Statute of the International Court of Justice, in order to achieve an equitable solution.
Page 25 - Principles of mutual respect for sovereignty and territorial integrity, mutual non-aggression, non-interference in each other's internal affairs, equality and mutual benefit, and peaceful coexistence, and oppose the imperialist and socialimperialist policies of aggression and war and oppose the hegemonism of the superpowers.
Page 24 - Agreement based on the following principles : (1) mutual respect for each other's territorial integrity and sovereignty, (2) mutual non-aggression, (3) mutual non-interference in each other's internal affairs, (4) equality and mutual benefit, and (5) peaceful co-existence.

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Pradyumna P. Karan, professor of geography at the University of Kentucky, is the author of "Japan in the Twentyfirst Century: Environment, Economy, and Society,"


Unryu Suganuma is associate professor of geography at J. F. Oberlin University in Tokyo and the author of "Sovereign Rights and Territorial Space in Sino-Japanese Relations.

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