Explaining China’s Escalation over the Senkaku (Diaoyu) Islands

  title={Explaining China’s Escalation over the Senkaku (Diaoyu) Islands},
  author={M. T. Fravel},
  journal={Global Summitry},
This article examines China’s behavior in the dispute with Japan over the Senkaku (Diaoyu) Islands. Before 2010, China adopted a low-key approach to the dispute. After 2010, however, China chose to escalate the dispute, first in response to Japan’s detention of a Chinese fishing vessel in September 2010 and then in response to the Japanese government’s purchase of three of the islands in September 2012. China escalated because Japan’s actions challenged China’s relatively weak position in the… Expand

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