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Disputes Over Islands And Maritime Boundaries In East Asia

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A surprisingly large number of maritime boundaries remain unresolved around the globe, and East Asia has some particularly difficult disputes. In East Asia, disputes over sovereignty continue at present between Japan and Russia over the Northern Territories; between Korea and Japan over Dokdo (Takeshima); between Japan, China, and Taiwan over Daioyudao/Senkakus; between China and Vietnam over the Paracel Islands; and between China, Taiwan, the Philippines, Vietnam, Malaysia, and Brunei over the Spratly Islands. This chapter provides an overview of these disputes, with some recommendations regarding how some of them might be addressed. The Soviet Union, and now Russia, has occasionally suggested that the Sea of Okhotsk consists of internal waters and has drawn aggressive baselines along certain coastal areas within the Sea. The East Sea/Sea of Japan is a resource rich semi-enclosed sea that presents a difficult boundary delimitation challenge.

Keywords: East Asia; East Sea; Japan; maritime boundaries; Northern Territories; Okhotsk; Russia; Sea of Japan



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