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Politics And Economics In The Resolution/Non-Resolution Of The East China Sea/Diaoyu Islands And Northern Territories Issues: Feats, Failures, And Futures

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This chapter calls into question the potential for economics to resolve or guarantee stability in the Dokdo quarrel. It shows that one must pay attention to political factors to understand the potential for economic forces to serve as a palliative and to identify the factors that facilitate/hinder a settlement of territorial and maritime disputes. The chapter reviews the dynamics of the Sino-Japanese East China Sea (ECS) and Islands disputes from the early 1970s through the present. It considers the role of economics. The chapter discusses how political factors influenced the 2008 ECS accord. It studies the course of the Territories dispute from the time that Mikhail Gorbachev became the top Soviet leader through Vladimir Putin's second term in office, assessing throughout the interplay of political and economic factors. The chapter analyzes the politics of the Territories dispute. It ponders what the study suggests in terms of addressing the Dokdo dispute.

Keywords:Dokdo dispute; East China Sea (ECS); economics; politics; territories dispute



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