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«The problem of resolving the territorial dispute between Japan and China in the 21st century»

Student: Polina Zabelina

Supervisor: Maxim Bratersky

Faculty: Faculty of World Economy and International Affairs

Educational Programme: Bachelor

Year of Graduation: 2014

The conflict in the South China Sea, which not so long ago was known only among those people who are interested in international relations in the East, has become global. The outcome of this conflict will influence not only stability in the South Asian region, but also the stability of the whole world. The dispute over ownership of the group of small islands is at the heart of the conflict. In the Land of the Rising Sun these islands are known as Senkaku, whereas in the Heavenly Empire they are called Diaoyutai. Each side considers these lands to be their traditional territory. The conflict between China and Japan has been developing slowly over several decades, but no one could even imagine that the territorial dispute between two neighbors could reach this level of tension. Positions of two countries are so firm that it seems that the armed clash cannot be avoided. The general purpose of the research is to study the territorial disputes between Japan and China, their causes and prospects of resolving the problems by these countries.To sum up, it should be noted that both sides take a tough stance, and currently there are no signs of rapid solution to the conflict between Japan and China. Negative impact of the unresolved dispute may affect the economic ties between two countries again and again. The development of the dispute largely depends on the goals that both nations set for themselves. Prospects for the beginning of such a dialogue will broadly depend on whether Beijing and Tokyo will find economic relations more important than the territorial dispute.

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