The U.S role in Sino-Japanese Security Discourses: The case of the Senkaku/Diaoyu Dispute

Markos Kokkinidis, Jeppe Kyrning Hansen & Marcus Rønnow Lytzen

Studenteropgave: Fagmodulprojekt


This project examines the ongoing dispute involving China and Japan in the case of sovereignty of the Senkaku/Diaoyu islands in Northeast Asia. Recent changes in the Japanese military stance, China’s maritime activities in the South and East China Seas and the American ‘pivot to Asia’ are backgrounding developments for this study. Utilizing the Copenhagen School’s ‘Regional Security Complex Theory’ and Norman Fairclough's Critical Discourse Analysis methodology, the paper examines intersubjective discourses of both countries and the normative construction of the U.S identity within the narratives concerning its role in the dispute. Both national news articles and political statements, regarding the role of the US, are analysed. Finally, the project concludes the discursive tendencies of both countries, their respective views on US interfering and their formulations of ‘threat’ originating from the three agents’ stance towards the territorial dispute. With Chinese discourses outlining a sharp contradiction in China’s security of national identity and regional interests and the U.S/Japan alliance. Where Japanese discourses seem to welcome an increased U.S presence and align with it in their ideational characteristics and political ambitions against a threatening Chinese rise.

UddannelserInternationale Studier, (Bachelor/kandidatuddannelse) Bachelor
Udgivelsesdato19 dec. 2017
VejledereLaust Schouenborg