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Chinese and Japanese Narratives: The Diaoyu/Senkaku Dispute


Much has been written and said concerning five uninhabited islets and three barren rocks in the East China Sea, which are known as the ‘Diaoyu’ in China and ‘senkaku’ in Japan. While such a small territory might seem to be of little significance, the islets and rocks have come to be of strategic importance due to their location and the maritime resources in their vicinity While they have been under Japanese control since the SinoJapanese war of 7894-7895, the islets have been claimed both by the Republic of China and the People’s Republic of China ever since that time, and there have been spikes of tension in the relationship between the neighbouring nations. Such a spike happened in 2072, when the Japanese government purchased three of the islets from the Japanese family that owned them. This act led to widespread Chinese protests and threats of retaliation, as well as an exponential increase in the number of coastguard and naval vessels from Japan and the People’s Republic of China in the vicinity of the islets. The increase has caused concern regarding the region becoming a potential hotspot that could escalate into a military conflict between the People’s Republic of China and Japan. This could lead to the involvement of the United States, which has pledged to protect all territory under Japanese control.

This book offers a new perspective on the conflict. The concept of soft power has received and continues to receive much academic attention. One of the reasons for this continuous interest is the notion that soft power can function not only as a complement, but even as an alternative to hard powe4 reducing military interventions, and the damage and casualties that occur as a result. The concept of ‘strategic narratives’ is a recent development, and it has been described as the soft power of the 21st century Strategic narratives address how different states try to use alternative narratives to sway target audiences, as well as to influence the formation, projection, diffusion, and reception of ideas in the international system. This book analyzes the power of strategic narratives as a means to exert persuasion and influence. One specific point in the Diaoyu,/Senkaku dispute is examined in detail, through the strategic narratives disseminated in English language versions of Chinese and Japanese online newspapers published in 2012, prior to, during, and after the announcement of the purchase of the islets by the Japanese government.

Autor: Diogo Silva

ISBN: 978-972-8586-58-4
Editores: CCCM
Edição: Lisboa, 2022 | Idioma: Inglês | Nº Páginas: 79
Dimensões: 230x150x5 mm
Peso: 144 g

Narratives and Perceptions: Chinese Soft Power in the 21st Century


The change in the global position of the People’s Republic of China (PRC) since its entry into the World Trade Organization (WTO) twenty years ago has been dramatic. The first two decades of the twentyfirst century has seen China transform itself into the world’s second largest economy and become one of the leading nations in the world. This unprecedented development has brought the country into direct contact with almost every nation in the world, and the policies and actions of Chinese leaders are now closely followed worldwide daily. As with all major political actors, praise and criticism are now directed towards the
decisionmakers in the PRC and their policies and actions, to a previously unseen degree. To manage its enormous power, promote its agendas and bold enterprises, gain trust of foreign counterparts, and allay perceived criticism of its actions, the Chinese government has become increasingly adept at using several strategies to convey its messages to its global audience, as well as to the Chinese population. These strategies function as a form of soft power, and are intended to display that the PRC, unlike other global players and principally the United States, has not committed itself to the use of hard power, in the form of overt military force, but is a trustworthy and responsible partner. As the papers in this volume show, these strategies are achieved by different means, including propaganda, reliance on censorship and coercion and use of partystate controlled media, among others.

Edited by: Carmen Amado Mendes and Daniel Cardoso

ISBN: 978-972-8586-60-7
Editores: CCCM
Edição: Lisboa, 2022 | Idioma: Inglês | Nº Páginas: 181
Dimensões: 230x150x12 mm
Peso: 308 g