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Addressing And Resolving The Dokdo Matter

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Korea's claim to sovereignty over Dokdo is substantially stronger than the claim of Japan, based on the principles that tribunals apply to address and resolve such disputes. Because of the small size of Dokdo, its essential uninhabitability, and its limited economic value, it should not be considered in delimiting the maritime boundary in the East Sea between Korea and Japan. This boundary should be drawn at the equidistance or median line between Korea's Ulleungdo and Japan's Oki Islands. Japan seems to be reluctant to abandon its claim to Dokdo, because it worries this action might weaken its claims to other islands and to maritime space in other areas. Korea's present strategy is to promote understanding of Korea's historical links to Dokdo and thus, the validity of its sovereignty over these islets. This strategy is sound, but it is unlikely to make Japan's claim disappear anytime soon.

Keywords: Dokdo; East Sea; Japan; Korea; Sovereignty



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