• Xiaohan Wang
2. Semester (Kandidat), Kinesiske områdestudier (Sidefag) (Tilvalgsfag eller Sidefag)
This thesis examines Shinzo Abe administration’s strategy toward the South China Sea, and the factors that influencing the strategy.
The territory disputes in the South China Sea has been intensified in recent years and imposing significant challenge towards regional security situation by undermining the stability, development, and prosperity in this region. While China claims large area of the sea, other five major claimants including Brunei, Malaysia, Indonesia, the Philippines, and Vietnam also claim parts of it, and some of the territories they claim overlap each other.
At the same time, the interference of extraterritorial powers in this area has also become increasingly frequent in recent years. Japan, as one of the most important members of them, does not claim any water, but still influence the situation a lot. In fact, Japan has a long history get involved in the South China Sea, which can be traced back to the end of the nineteenth century.
And now, Japan’s activities in this region have been significantly upping since Shinzo Abe became the Prime Minister of Japan for the second time in 2012. On the one hand, Abe administration has been trying to get involved in this area by participating more proactively into the multilateral security cooperation. On the other hand, Abe administration also improves the security and defense ties with ASEAN claimant countries as well as other extraterritorial countries like the United States, India, and Australia.
With this regards, I will mainly focus on the analysis of the reason why Abe’s government has been trying so hard to boost Japan’s presence in the South China Sea in this article, and how those factors affected Japan’s actions in the basis of historical progression of Japan’s South China Sea strategy.
Udgivelsesdato11 jun. 2017
Antal sider72
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