所属 京都外国語大学 国際貢献学部 グローバルスタディーズ学科 職種 教授
|Discussant,“Japan’s Approach to Maritime Conflicts with China in the East China Sea and Prospects for Renewed Conflict Management and Resolution”
|Asia-Pacific Studies Seminar
|Prof. Sugta, Osaka University
|Prof. Paul Midford, Norwegian Univ. of Science and Technology
|His argument is that there is a territorial dispute between Japan and China and both should be realistic in solving it. He acknowledges that none of his proposals would be accepted. A salient feature is that, as I found it, he recommends the compromise based on the example of the Svalbard Treaty (Spitzbergen Treaty) of 1920 between Norway and Russia (the Soviet Union), which is de-militarized. Norway gets the sovereignty, but the USSR gets equal access to natural resources according to this Treaty.
This is an interesting suggestion and might have the merit to explore. His suggestions as to CBM measures, etc, would not stand because we cannot, unfortunately, trust what China says. The recent history in the South China Sea tells us that China does not necessarily keep what it promises.