Student Presentation | Julien Teel: Territorial Disputes in the East China Sea and Its Implications on the China-Japan-U.S. Triangular Relationship

Tuesday, September 17, 2013 (4:00 PM – 5:30 PM)
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The Senkaku/Diaoyu Islands, a group of eight rocks and islets in the East China Sea, have long been a point of contestation between China and Japan. The recent deterioration of Sino-Japanese relations, combined with a surge of nationalism and expanding state interests, has amplified tensions since late 2010. The U.S. is bound by a mutual defense treaty with Japan and holds strategic interests in maintaining regional stability and prosperity. As a result, this dispute is no longer a minor inconvenience in Sino-Japanese relations, but rather now commands the attention of the three largest powers–China, Japan, and the United States. If not handled wisely, the Senkaku/Diaoyu dispute could severely destabilize the region and potentially escalate into armed clashes. This discussion will analyze the backdrop of this dispute and list the various implications it has on the China-Japan-U.S. triangular relationship. Concepts of rising nationalism, East Asian security strategy, and numerous economic and political factors will be explored. Dr. Hiroki Takeuchi, Assistant Professor in Political Science, will moderate the discussion.

Teel, Julien


Julien Teel is a senior majoring in Political Science and International Studies, while also minoring in Chinese and Asian Studies. His research encompasses security and defense issues in East Asia, as well as analyzing the trilateral relationship between the U.S., Japan, and China. Currently, Julien is in the process of applying for Officer Candidate School in the Navy with the intention of entering as an Intelligence Officer. He eventually hopes to become a Foreign Area Officer in the Navy, formulating and promoting American foreign policy in the Asia-Pacific region.

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  This event is supported with a grant from the U.S. Institute of Peace’s Public Education for Peacebuilding Support Initiative.