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dc.contributor.advisorFierke, K. M. (Karin M.)
dc.contributor.authorFox, Senan James
dc.coverage.spatial421 p.en_US
dc.description.abstractThis thesis examines the deep bilateral tensions surrounding the East China Sea (ECS) disagreements between Japan and the People’s Republic of China (PRC) in the period from August 19th 2003 to June 18th 2008 from an actor-centred constructivist liberal viewpoint. The East China Sea disputes could be described as a conflicting difference of opinion over a) the demarcation of maritime territory and Exclusive Economic Zones (EEZ) in which potentially significant energy deposits exist and b) the ownership of the strategically important and historically sensitive Pinnacle (Senkaku/Diaoyu) Islands. This research addresses the question of why, given the fact that China and Japan have a strong interest in co-operation and stable relations with each other, small incidents in the ECS blow up into larger problems, cause approaches to the East China Sea to wax and wane, and move the relationship in a direction that goes against preferred national objectives? In attempting to unravel this puzzle, this work argues that domestic politics and popular negative sentiment have been the major issues that have greatly amplified and politicised the ECS problems and have significantly affected positive progress in negotiations aimed at managing and stabilising these disputes. By examining these, the thesis addresses the question of why China and Japan have been so constrained in their attempts to find a workable bilateral agreement over disputed energy resources and demarcation in the East China Sea. It also indirectly deals with the question of why the conflicting legal complexities surrounding these disagreements contributed to both states so fervently maintaining and defending their claims.en_US
dc.publisherUniversity of St Andrews
dc.subjectEast China Seaen_US
dc.subjectPeople's Republic of Chinaen_US
dc.subjectHu Jintaoen_US
dc.subjectJunichiro Koizumien_US
dc.subjectSenkaku Islandsen_US
dc.subjectDiaoyu Islandsen_US
dc.subjectPinnacle Islandsen_US
dc.subjectMaritime disputesen_US
dc.subjectChinese nationalismen_US
dc.subjectJapanese nationalismen_US
dc.subjectExclusive economic zonesen_US
dc.subjectChinese domestic politicsen_US
dc.subjectJapanese domestic politicsen_US
dc.subjectActor-centred constructivist liberalismen_US
dc.subjectAnti-Japanese sentimenten_US
dc.subjectAnti-Chinese sentimenten_US
dc.subjectYasukuni Shrineen_US
dc.subject.lcshTerritorial waters--East China Seaen_US
dc.subject.lcshChina--Foreign relations--Japanen_US
dc.subject.lcshJapan--Foreign relations--Chinaen_US
dc.subject.lcshChina--Politics and government--2002-en_US
dc.subject.lcshJapan--Politics and government--21st centuryen_US
dc.subject.lcshEconomic zones (Law of the sea)en_US
dc.titleUncharted waters in a new era : an actor-centered constructivist liberal approach to the East China Sea disputes, 2003 - 2008en_US
dc.type.qualificationnamePhD Doctor of Philosophyen_US
dc.publisher.institutionThe University of St Andrewsen_US
dc.publisher.departmentSchool of International Relationsen_US

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