Japan`s involvement in the South China Sea: Facing China in yet another maritime theatre.
The session will analyse Japan`s political, economic and strategic interests in the South China Sea (SCS) and evaluate how its policies protect these interests. This will include the hitherto neglected Japanese oil and gas involvement within China`s unclear Nine dash line area and its pitfalls. Japan`s policies for the SCS range from expressing a desire for a peaceful resolution of territorial and of administrative rights disputes based on international law, to helping some of the littoral states claiming territory and/or EEZs strengthen their maritime patrol and defence capabilities. However, as the election of President Duterte in the Philippines has most dramatically demonstrated, these policies face many obstacles ranging from wavering China policies of the littoral countries (or the US “pivoting between pivots”) to Chinese linkage policies.
Emeritus Professor of Newcastle University (UK) and Associate Fellow of the Royal United Services Institute
Reinhard Drifte is Emeritus Professor of Newcastle University (UK) and Associate Fellow of the Royal United Services Institute. Since his retirement he has been visiting professor at various Japanese and French universities. His subject area is Japanese foreign policy, focusing currently on various aspects of Japan-China relations, including disputes in the East China Sea, Japan`s policy towards the South China Sea and the growing Chinese presence in Japan. Book publications include Japan`s security relations with China since 1989 (Routledge 2002), Japan’s quest for a permanent Security Council seat. A matter of pride or justice? (Macmillan 1999) and Japan’s foreign policy in the 1990s. From economic superpower to what power? (Macmillan 1996).
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