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Solution Protocols to Festering Island Disputes : Win-win Solutions for the Diaoyu / Senkaku Islands
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Must the showdown between China and Japan over the Diaoyu/Senkaku islands in the East China Sea conclude in ’zero-sum’ fashion, with one side securing or wresting full sovereignty, leaving the other empty-handed? This book suggests otherwise. A global review of ingenious solutions to island disputes over the last four hundred years offers hope for creative governance. No less than thirteen different island cases are discussed and critiqued, explaining these episodes as situations where the indivisibility of island sovereignty - where only one country enjoys single, exclusive and legitimate control over the governing of a particular island territory - is challenged, tweaked and warped in creative ways. Six ’solution protocols’ - along with a seventh, the status quo - are identified and discussed: splitting, sharing or suppressing, single sovereignty but also shared jurisdiction, shelving and swapping. Such ingenuity is often an outcome of a keen desire or compulsion to achieve a workable solution that avoids war, that secures desired economic or environmental gains, and that also offers the elusive ’win-win’ solution to the contending parties. Rather than a tense prelude to war, the Diaoyu/Senkaku affair is an opportunity for innovative, trans-border politics.
Number of Pages: 224
Genre: Social Science
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Author: Godfrey Baldacchino
Street Date: April 6, 2017
Item Number (DPCI): 248-27-9875
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