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Karina V. Korostelina

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780199372812

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: June 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199372812.001.0001

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Islands between Two Countries

Islands between Two Countries

(p.94) Chapter 5 Islands between Two Countries
Political Insults

Karina V. Korostelina

Oxford University Press

Chapter 5 analyzes disputes over islands known as Takeshima in Japan and Dokdo in Korea, and the Senkaku Islands, known as Diaoyu in Chinese. The disputes involve a series of evolving power and legitimacy insults. Japan sees South Korean presence on islands as an insulting “illegal occupation,” referring to historical documents showing Japanese sovereignty over Takeshima since the middle of the seventeenth century. South Korea considers these islands its territory and sees Japan’s continued claim to them as an insult, especially as it symbolizes the unwillingness of Japan to condemn its earlier militarism. Another island dispute, between China and Japan, involves the sailing of patrol boats to nearby waters, the arrest of 14 Chinese activists who landed on the disputed islands, and the sailing of a Chinese naval flotilla, including two destroyers, near the Japanese islands.

Keywords:   China, South Korea, Japan, Takeshima, Dokdo, Senkaku Islands, Diaoyu, World War II, reconsiliation, conflict, insult

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