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Cooperation and Competition in Chinese and Japanese Construction of their Maritime Power Identities

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The 18th Party Congress declared that China was a maritime power that would safeguard China's maritime rights and interests, an identity that emerged only after a long, protracted domestic debate on whether China should become a maritime power, involving center-local and civil-military differences on maritime strategies and core interests. Since the Party Congress, China’s identity as a maritime power has been mutually constructed with Japan in a transnational coalition that counters domestic critics. In this sense, Beijing and Tokyo are cooperating in bolstering each other’s maritime power identity even as they are competing as each seeks to be the preeminent East Asian thalassocracy.

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

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