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Author: Sandeep Chakravorty
Publisher: Observer Research Foundation
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Territorial disputes between China and Japan over the Senkaku/Diaoyu islands in the East China Sea and between Japan and South Korea over the Takeshima/Dokdo islands in the Sea of Japan have, particularly in the second half of 2012, given rise to concerns about peace and security in North East Asia.
Because China, Japan and South Korea are, respectively, the 2nd, 3rd and 15th largest economies in the world, potential regional conflict assumes great significance. Currently, the China-Japan-Korea bilateral relationships are mired in complexities spiced by historical baggage, emotions and strong nationalist fervor.
The story of these tangled relationships is a litany of grievances and disputes, emerging mostly out of Japan's colonial rule over the Korean peninsula and China.
Despite generational change, memories of invasions and atrocities continue to adversely affect foreign policy. Latent feelings of slight, disrespect, and disparagement ignite, from time-to-time, national outrage and upset the delicate regional power equilibrium.
As Fareed Zakaria points out, “Asia's greatest geopolitical problem is that its two great powers—with the two largest economies and militaries—have an unresolved bitter relationship.”1 Not surprisingly, in 2012 the convergence of South Korea and China's territorial disputes with Japan and Japan's commemorative services at the Yasukuni shrine on the 67th anniversary of the end of World War II starkly brought to present day political consciousness deeply divisive memories of these three nations
About The Author
II. China-Japan Relations
China and Japan: Conflict amidst Cooperation
III.Japan-South Korea Relations
Sea of Japan or East Sea
Japan-South Korea: Conflict amidst Cooperation
IV. China-South Korea Relations
V. North Korea: Common Problem?
VI. Looking Ahead: Untangled relationships
Trilateral Cooperation: The NEATS way
India and the Indo-Pacific
Map of Senkaku/Diaoyu Islands
Map of Takeshima/Dokdo Islands