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Paper on the Senkaku/ Diaoyu Islands Dispute

My paper on the Senkaku/ Diaoyu Islands dispute was published yesterday. It’s available here.

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The First Bathymetric Chart of the East China Sea

Yesterday I came across a copy of the earliest bathymetric chart of the Pacific Ocean, which was made by the German geographer Augustus Petermann in 1877. The image to the left zooms in on the portion of the map that … Continue reading

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Public Diplomacy on the Senkaku / Diaoyu Islands

The sovereignty dispute over the Senkaku / Diaoyu Islands seems to have evolved over the past year. The diplomatic impasse is nothing new, and the claims and legal arguments are the same as before. But the level of public diplomacy … Continue reading

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Will Japan Comply with the ICJ’s Whaling Decision?

Yesterday the International Court of Justice ruled that a Japanese government-sponsored program for hunting certain species of whales in the Antarctic violates the International Convention for the Regulation of Whaling. Japan had argued that the program was lawful under Article III … Continue reading

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An Old Map of the Senkaku / Diaoyu Islands

I recently learned that Google has a great collection of historical maps, including a couple that are relevant to the ongoing territorial dispute over the Senkaku / Diaoyu Islands. The best is a German map of East Asia from 1875. … Continue reading

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The Drafting History of the Treaty of Shimononseki

One of the many contested issues in the sovereignty dispute over the Senkaku / Diaoyu Islands is whether China ceded title to Japan in the Treaty of Shimonoseki. In this post, I’ll briefly explain the competing textual arguments under the … Continue reading

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Why China’s New ADIZ Has No Legal Significance

There’s been an avalanche of news on the East China Sea over the past week. As I discussed in my previous post, China recently announced a new Air Defense Identification Zone (“ADIZ”), thereby requiring foreign aircraft flying over the Sea … Continue reading

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China’s New Air Defense Identification Zone

Three days ago China’s Ministry of National Defense established an Air Defense Identification Zone (“ADIZ”) for the East China Sea. According to the announcement, foreign aircraft operating within the ADIZ will be subject to a couple of requirements: First, they … Continue reading

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A Comment on the Future of the Senkaku / Diaoyu Dispute

James Holmes from the Naval War College posted a good article at Foreign Policy on the growing strength of the Chinese navy. He acknowledges limits to the force’s current capabilities and a number of unknowns about the potency of its armaments and … Continue reading

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Japan’s Vulnerability Under the U.S.-Japan Security Treaty

Many have noted that the U.S.-Japan Treaty of Mutual Cooperation and Security could pull the United States into the dispute between Japan and China over the Senkaku / Diaoyu Islands by obligating the United States to come to Japan’s defense … Continue reading

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