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Similarities And Differences Between The Korean-Japanese Dokdo Disputes And The Sino-Japanese Diaoyudao Disputes

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The Korea-Japanese Dokdo disputes and the Sino-Japanese Diaoyudao disputes have many similarities. The two islands are historically discovered and administered by Korea and China and are a part of Korean and Chinese territory; the arguments of ownership over the two islands asserted by Japan are they are "terra nullius," "discovered" and "effectively occupied" by Japan; and Japan's occupation of the two islands is through the act of war and is a colonialist and imperialist act. However, the differences between the Dokdo disputes and the Diaoyudao disputes are: firstly, the different attitude taken by the United States towards the two disputes. Secondly, the Republic of Korea has actual control over Dokdo, whereas Japan has actual control over Diaoyudao. The comparison between the disputes increases the consciousness on the appraisal of historical facts and the upholding of international justice, and enlighten one in exploring the approaches for the settlement of the disputes.

Keywords: Korean-Japanese Dokdo disputes; Sino-Japanese Diaoyudao disputes; United States (U.S.) attitude



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