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After reviewing the origin and current deterioration of the territorial dispute for the Diaoyu/Senkaku islands involving Beijing and Taipei against Tokyo in the East China Sea, the paper presents and evaluates the distinction made by China between the United States of America as a newcomer in the crisis (with its full potential for further deteriorating or defusing tensions) and Japan as a much more proactive contender. Options for the United States of America as a possible constructive mediator between China and Japan over the archipelago are discussed.


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East Asia Security Symposium and Conference 东亚安全座谈谈论会

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Author Information: Ulises Granados (MA Asian and African Studies, El Colegio de Mexico, PhD History, The University of Tokyo) was Associate Professor at the University of Tokyo and currently Associate Professor of International Relations and Asian Studies at Mexico Autonomous Institute of Technology ITAM. As specialist in East Asian maritime history and security, he is author of Co-existence and Discord: Analysis of the South China Sea Territorial Conflict, 1902-1952 (Kyoto: Shoraisha, 2010, in Japanese), as well as contributor to journals, including International Relations of the Asia Pacific, Pacific Review, The China Review and East Asian History.

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