Speaker: Dr Dingping Guo (Fudan University/Nottingham University)
Venue: R1.15 (Ramphal Building)
Summary: The Diaoyu/Senkaku dispute between China and Japan has been attracted more and more attention from not only Asia-Pacific areas but also the whole international community after Japanese government decided to nationalize the small islands on East China Sea by purchasing from a so-called private owner on September 11, 2012. Since this issue has been covered extensively, this lecture is designed to go deeper and further, and try to analyse the historical background and future development of the Diaoyu/Senkaku dispute. First, some important historical documents in China and Japan will be investigated in order to shed light on the key points of views maintained by the two governments. Second, the root causes of the decision by Japanese government will be explored and explained from the political changes at domestic and international levels. Third, the scenarios of the Diaoyu/Senkaku dispute in particular and Sino-Japanese relations in general will be discussed.