AI 3001 Asia-Pacific International Relations
Assess one or more of the Asia-Pacific's territorial disputes and provide a critical evaluation of how it/they link/s to broader issues of potential conflict in the region.
After World War II, there is a long period which lasted more than 25 years that all the states in the world needed to resume their spirits and conducted their post-war reconstruction, especially the states in the Asia Pacific. At that time, most of states, like China and some Southeast countries whose behaviours were following the standard of liberalism which is primarily interested in international cooperation and collaboration (Viotti, Kauppi, 2012, p.129), tended to be more interdependent and focused more on regional development, However, after 1945, while retaining a part of liberalism, states like the U.S. and Japan turned to be more realism those who paid more attention on their own benefits. (Ainley, Brown, 2009, p.45) Thus, to expand their own or alliances' territories and maximize the benefits from the potential resources such as oil and gas, many countries, as typical realism nations, the U.S.
and its alliances, Japan, try to provoke territorial disputes between them and the countries they try to capture. There are about three kinds of serious and continual disputes that occurred in the Asia Pacific region, which contains South China Sea dispute which is between China and Southeaster Asian countries, Senkaku/Diaoyu Island dispute between Sino-Japan, and Russo-Japan Kuril Islands dispute. Due to those disputes are issues left over by history, thus, the disputes are knotty to be solved. Nevertheless, the situations may get worth and even lead to other unnecessary conflicts if the existing disputes cannot be well handled.