October 9, 2012

Why States Fight over Rocks

Doug Gilber, The Monkey Cage

AP Photo

The recent row between China and Japan over sovereignty of the Senkaku Islands, as well as the water cannon fight between Taiwan and Japan, has highlighted again the importance of territorial issues in interstate relations. The dispute led the New York Times to speculate on other possible conflicts around the globe (perhaps fancifully), and the Monkey Cage has covered what the protests mean for both countries. What hasn’t been asked is why disputes like these matter so much for the countries involved. Why are a few rocks in the middle of the ocean so important?

Read Full Article ››

TAGGED: South China Sea, South Asia, Senkaku islands


September 27, 2012
Beijing Worrying Many Neighbors
Greg Sheridan, The Australian
Something very strange is happening at the moment in the East China Sea and in the South China Sea, and Australia should be taking serious notice of these developments. In both areas Beijing is pushing disputed Chinese... more ››
September 29, 2012
China's Aircraft Carrier a New Gambit
Nayan Chanda, Times of India
The tussle over sovereignty in the East Asian waterways took a new turn this week with the formal commissioning of the Liaoning, China's first aircraft carrier. The fact that the 55,000-ton ship does not yet have even one... more ››
October 9, 2012
China Can't Afford to Be Aggressive
Francesco Sisci, Asia Times
Had Britain had a better understanding of the geopolitics of its sphere of influence 30 years ago, it might today still own Hong Kong, while the Falklands would belong to Argentina. Today, China may be making similar errors of... more ››
September 27, 2012
South China Sea Change
Michael Burleigh, Standpoint
A third of world trade passes from the Indian Ocean via the Malacca Straits into the South China Sea, including the oil needed to power East Asia's economies. Japan imports 90 per cent of its oil, China about 50 per cent and... more ››
September 28, 2012
China's Seapower: War by Other Means
Toshi Yoshihara, The Diplomat
China's recent assertiveness in the South China Seas is a harbinger of things to come.  Beijing's seapower project and the enormous resources it has enjoyed have opened up new strategic vistas for Chinese leaders and military... more ››