International Politics

The Cause of Stability in the East China Sea

The People’s Republic of (PR) China contests maritime territory in the South China Sea (SCS) as well as in the East China Sea (ECS). While in the SCS it has overlapping claims with Vietnam, the Philippines, Malaysia, Brunei, and Indonesia, in the ECS it is quarreling with Japan. The claims of the Republic of China (ROC) on Taiwan are identical with those of Beijing in theory, but in practice Taipei largely refrains from taking active measure to secure maritime space in the SCS and ECS. On the other hand, the PRC has translated its growing military might into behavior that is perceived as assertive by its maritime neighbors. However, most observers would agree that Beijing pursues its maritime interests in the SCS in more aggressive ways as opposed to the ECS. Beijing’s reclamation, occupation, and militarization of (artificial) islets, which occurs only in the SCS but not in the ECS,…

Continue reading