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Insight: Should we be worried about territorial disputes in East Asia?

  • Rizal Sukma

Jakarta   /   Mon, August 27 2012   /  06:30 am

East Asia is increasingly becoming a region of contradictions. On the one hand, it has become a center of global attention due to the growing significance of the region to the global economy. Speedy economic growth in the region, particularly in China and India, has fuelled talk about the coming of an Asian century.

From a strategic point of view, many have also pointed out that the center of gravity of global politics has shifted to East Asia. In short, East Asia has been described as the future center of global prosperity.

However, there is still doubt as to whether the region’s growing prosperity will be followed by regional stability. Ongoing diplomatic tensions and political spats over a number of territorial issues point to a worrying future for peace and stability in the region. Indeed, territorial disputes in East Asia have begun to emerge as a serious flash point...