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Title: Japan’s strategic interests in the South China Sea : beyond the horizon?
Authors: Koga, Kei
Keywords: Social sciences::Political science
Issue Date: 2017
Source: Koga, K. (2018). Japan’s strategic interests in the South China Sea : beyond the horizon? Australian Journal of International Affairs, 72(1), 16-30. doi:10.1080/10357718.2017.139933
Journal: Australian Journal of International Affairs
Abstract: Japan has a national interest in the South China Sea issue. Although its direct commitment is ultimately limited in a material sense due to a lack of military capabilities, as well as political and constitutional constraints on the Self-Defense Force, Japan has maintained its firm stance to uphold international maritime rules and norms, and nurtured strong diplomatic relations and conducted maritime capacity-building programs with the South-East Asian states, as well as the Association of Southeast Asian Nations. These actions contribute to consolidating the rule of law at sea and provide those claimant states an opportunity to withstand pressures from China. Given the Trump administration’s unclear South China Sea policy and South-East Asia’s strategic uncertainty, Japan is becoming a key player in maintaining regional maritime stability in East Asia through diplomacy.
ISSN: 1035-7718
DOI: 10.1080/10357718.2017.1399337
Rights: © 2017 Australian Institute of International Affairs. All rights reserved. This paper was published in Australian Journal of International Affairs and is made available with permission of Australian Institute of International Affairs.
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