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Identity Politics and the East China Sea: China as Japan's 'Other'
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Economic History. The Norwegian Institute of International Affairs (NUPI), Norway .
Number of Authors: 2
2017 (English)In: Asian Politics & Policy, ISSN 1943-0779, E-ISSN 1943-0787, Vol. 9, no 3, 378-401 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This article contributes to the relational IR literature on identity politics and Sino-Japanese relations. Theoretically, we develop Rumelili's framework for studying modes of differentiation by incorporating the sectoral characteristics of key discourse signs. Empirically, we apply this framework to the construction of Self and Other in the official Japanese security discourse regarding the Senkaku Islands dispute from 2010-2014, a period of dispute climax that is meaningful for studying the (re)production of Japan's understanding of China. The inclusiveness of the discourse signs that Japan uses to construct China possibly opens up for a positive evolution of Sino-Japanese relations, as there is space for progress if China's behaviorand Japan's interpretation of itproves to be more peaceful, transparent, and law-abiding. The findings also suggest, however, that the strong sense of superiority in Japan (and China) vis-a-vis a subordinate Other may not bode well for Sino-Japanese relations.

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2017. Vol. 9, no 3, 378-401 p.
Keyword [en]
Japan, East China Sea, identity, security policy, constructivism
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Political Science
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-145818DOI: 10.1111/aspp.12332ISI: 000405352900002OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-145818DiVA: diva2:1136792
Available from: 2017-08-29 Created: 2017-08-29 Last updated: 2017-08-29Bibliographically approved

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