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The U.S.-Japan Alliance and the Senkaku/Diaoyu Dao Islands Dispute : Is the U.S. a Mediator or Conflict-Inducer?

JA HYUN Chun 1

1연세대학교

Accredited

ABSTRACT

There has been continued tension between Japan and China in the East China Sea since 2010. The managing or resolution of the Senkaku/Diaoyu Dao Islands dispute is so critical that many observers have emphasized the importance of the role of the U.S. and have called upon the country to act as a mediator. However, there has been no research on the change in the U.S. stance. Therefore, this study examines the changes in the U.S.’s stance on the Senkaku/Diaoyu Dao Islands dispute by analyzing its position over time. A three-phase analysis of the U.S.’s stance will be examined through the analyzing of the Obama administration. The analysis of various mediums including the statements of high-level policymakers will show that the U.S.’s stance has changed from neutral to intervention and that its support of Japan is becoming increasingly conspicuous. The conclusion will aim to propose the implications this research has for Northeast Asia.

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