A: Senkaku / Diaoyu Islands

Read the following articles and respond to the questions below

a. Senkaku/Diaoyu Islands – How uninhabited islands soured China-Japan ties (BBC)

b. Why Russian and Chinese warships teaming up to circle Japan is a big deal (CNN)

i. Is the conflict over Senkaku/Diaoyu Islands just a proxy for power play in South China seas, or does the real interest lie in underwater resources of this area? Explain.

ii. Based on the above information and images of the two islands, as well as class lecture notes, do you think Japan and other countries in the Asia Pacific region should be worried about a more assertive China? Why?

(Your response to both i & ii should be a min. 250 words in total)

B: Tensions in the South China Seas – Where in the World is the South China Seas?

See Dispute in the South China Sea: A Legal Primer

– Timeline of China’s Maritime Disputes (1895 – 2020) – Council on Foreign Relations (USA)

iii. Watch this video (China Panic: US Warship Again Challenges China’s South China Sea Claims) and read at least one of these articles: U.S. warship challenges Chinese claims in disputed South China Sea China Warns U.S. ‘Not to Play with Fire’ After Warplanes Descend on Taiwan Airspace

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-pacific-11341139

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-pacific-11341139

https://www.cnn.com/2021/10/25/asia/china-russia-naval-flotilla-circles-japan-intl-hnk-ml/index.html

https://www.cnn.com/2021/10/25/asia/china-russia-naval-flotilla-circles-japan-intl-hnk-ml/index.html

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-pacific-11341139

http://www.lawfareblog.com/dispute-south-china-sea-legal-primer

https://bbhosted.cuny.edu/webapps/discussionboard/do/Timeline%20of%20China’s%20Maritime%20Disputes%20(1895%20%E2%80%93%202020)%20-%20Council%20on%20Foreign%20Relations%20(USA)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1KFXz_CYt2c

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1KFXz_CYt2c

https://edition.cnn.com/2019/09/13/_politics-zone-injection/us-warship-south-china-sea/index.html#:~:text=Updated%201821%20GMT%20%280221%20HKT%29%20September%2013%2C%202019,which%20accused%20the%20US%20of%20practicing%20%22navigational%20hegemony.%22

https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/world/china-warns-us-not-to-play-with-fire-after-warplanes-descend-on-taiwan-airspace/ar-BB1fBQyf?li=BBnb7Kz

https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/world/china-warns-us-not-to-play-with-fire-after-warplanes-descend-on-taiwan-airspace/ar-BB1fBQyf?li=BBnb7Kz

US warns China over ‘aggressive’ moves on Philippines, Taiwan

? Define Tobler’s law

? Based on Tobler’s Law, should the United states be interested in Freedom of Navigation in this region? Why/Why Not?  

https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2021/4/8/us-warns-china-over-moves-on-philippines-taiwan

  
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