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A Coast Guard patrol vessel passes by Uotsuri, the largest island in the disputed Senkaku/Diaoyu chain, 2 October 2012. Now uninhabited, it used to be home to 248 Japanese, in a community of 99 houses in the late 1890s. They were mostly employed working in a Bonito flake factory on the island.

Al Jazeera English

Seminar - Open to the Public

Chinese Wedging in the Senkaku/Diaoyu Dispute: An Empirical Assessment

Thu., Feb. 8, 2018 | 12:15pm - 2:00pm

One Brattle Square - Room 350

Speaker: Andrew D. Taffer, Postdoctoral Research Fellow, International Security Program

This seminar will explore China's contemporary strategy in its offshore territorial conflict with Japan. It will present evidence to suggest that Beijing has adopted a "wedging" strategy in the disputes aimed principally at weakening Japan's with the United States. Along with a close empirical analysis, it is highlighted that much of Beijing's conduct has corresponded with principles of coalition wedging established in Chinese writings and which the Chinese Communist Party has historically employed. The research is then situated in terms of—and used to critically analyze—the international relations literature on "wedging."

Please join us! Coffee and tea provided. Everyone is welcome, but admittance will be on a first come–first served basis.