Taiwan-Japan Relations in a National Interest Context: Interactions and Challenges of Maritime Nations

  • Date:2018-05-03

Taiwan Social Sciences Citation Index(TSSCI)

Prospect Quarterly Vol.18 No.3 (July 2017)


Taiwan-Japan Relations in a National Interest Context: Interactions and Challenges of Maritime Nations


Taiwan-Japan Relations in a National Interest Context: Interactions and Challenges of Maritime Nations

Shih-hui Li
Professor, Program in Japan Studies,
National Chengchi University

Abstract

There are few major changes in the contemporary Japanese thinking of the national interest. Firstly, after the Meiji Restoration Japan was seen as an island nation. This idea put an emphasis on her rights and interests in continental Asia. Secondly, since the 1960s, the idea of Japan as a maritime nation has been developed with the focus on her maritime rights and interests. On the other hand, Taiwan consistently maintained her interests as an island nation and prioritized dominance over continental Asia. Nonetheless, in the wake of the 2016 presidential election, Taiwan began to re-examine the priority of her national interests and proposed the concept of a "maritime nation". When Taiwan and Japan have different ideas regarding their respective national orientations, there will be a shift in the priority of their national interests and interactions, giving rise to new issues and challenges for the two countries.

Keywords:National Interest, Taiwan-Japan Relationship, Maritime Nation, National Status, Geo-economics

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U.S. South China Sea Policy During the Obama Administration

Da-jung Li
Associate Professor and Director,
Graduate Institute of International Affairs and Strategic Studies,
Tamkang University

Abstract

This paper aims at examining U.S. South China Sea policy during the Obama administration. The study's main finding is that Washington has conducted the following approaches in response to Beijing's assertiveness in the South Sea: proposing an initiative for a freeze on provocative acts in the region, backing the Philippines in resolving the South China Sea disputes through international arbitration, and carrying out FON operations. The tug of war between Washington and Beijing over the South Sea Disputes highlights the complex mix of cooperative and competitive elements in the U.S.- China relationship. The Obama administration's South China Sea policy depended on its strategy of rebalancing to the Asia-Pacific Region.

Keywords:South China Sea, Obama Administration, Freedom of Navigation, Asia Pivot, Rebalancing Strategy

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The Development of China's Build-up of Aircraft Carriers: An Analysis of Offensive Realism

Kuo-cheng Chang
Associate Professor and Deputy Dean, Center for General Education,
Taipei Medical University


Abstract 

This paper aims to examine the implications of the developmental strategy of aircraft carriers in China by using offensive realistic explanations. Offensive realists claim that the international system provides China with strong incentives to resort to offensive action in order to alter the status quo and expand its power overseas. Inevitably, China will seek to increase its naval strength, to the detriment of other states within the system. Arguably, it is in China's national interest to become a hegemony—being the only great power in the region. As China is likely to be a revisionist, it will let the PLAN's strategy of aircraft carrier development be similar to that of the United States, instead of that of the other post-World War II aircraft carrier operators—such as the UK, France and the USSR (now Russia).

Keywords:Economics of Developing Countries, EconomicTransition, Economic Development Model of China, Economic Development Model ofIndia, Development Economics

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