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World Ocean Resources: East Asia and Russia

Many potentially contentious political issues revolve around the world's oceans: domain, territoriality, freedom of transit, over-fishing, development of mineral resources, protection of resources, protection of marine life and environment, and much more. These issues involve, although they are certainly not limited to, two crucial world regions: East Asia and Russia.

A trilateral exercise in the East China Sea with

South Korea, the U.S. and Japan participating.

(Source: U.S. Pacific Command)

We've compiled some links to online resources for anyone who wants to better understand ocean issues in these parts of the world, but in particular for high school debaters, who are addressing the topic of ocean exploration and development during the 2014-2015 academic year.

About the Debate Topic

This is the National 2014-2015 National High School Debate Topic from the National Speech and Debate Association.
Resolved: The United States federal government should substantially increase its non-military exploration and/or development of the Earth's oceans.

The Kansas State High School Activities Association has some additional analysis on what this topic might cover.

Resources for Oceans and East Asia

East Asia includes China, Japan, North Korea, South Korea and Taiwan. The maritime areas around this region include the South China Sea and the East China Sea. The resources below offer some background on longstanding issues in the region, including those that involve U.S. relations with East Asian countries.

Japanese Territorial/Naval Disputes

On the Senkaku/Diaoyu Islands: http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2013/10/19/can-japan-defend-the-senkaku-islands/

Japan-Korea Dispute over Dokdo/Takeshima/Liancourt Rocks: http://thediplomat.com/2014/05/no-the-us-wont-back-south-korea-against-japan-on-dokdo/

South China Sea Issues

Japan Coast Guard and Vietnam: http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/06/01/us-asia-security-vietnam-idUSKBN0EC13R20140601

Japan Coast Guard and Philippines: http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/590453/patrol-boats-from-japan-to-start-arriving-in-2015

China/Vietnam Disputes in South China Sea: http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-pacific-13748349

Balance of Power and US interests in the Asia Pacific

Chinese/Russian Naval Development: http://www.newsweek.com/enemy-ahoy-china-and-russia-strive-naval-supremacy-256825

China's Rise as a Threat to US Interests: http://www.academia.edu/1852274

US Pacific Interests: http://www2.gwu.edu/~sigur/assets/docs/BalancingActs_Compiled1.pdf

The United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea, signed in 1982: http://www.un.org/depts/los/convention_agreements/convention_overview_convention.htm

History

The 1951 Security Treaty Between the US and Japan: http://avalon.law.yale.edu/20th_century/japan001.asp

The 1979 Taiwan Relations Act: http://www.taiwandocuments.org/tra01.htm

Energy Resources

Potential resource development in the South China Sea: http://www.eia.gov/countries/regions-topics.cfm?fips=scs

Potential resource development in the East China Sea: http://www.eia.gov/countries/regions-topics.cfm?fips=ecs

 

 


You can find other resources for exploring East Asia on the KU Libraries' pages for East Asian Studies. Learning about another part of the world? Check out the KU Libraries' International and Area Collections.


New M.A. Program

The Center for East Asian Studies (CEAS) at The University of Kansas is offering a new M.A. program in Contemporary East Asian Studies, beginning in the 2014-2015 academic year. Full-time students with prior East Asian language training will be able to complete the degree within 12 months. For more information about this M.A. program including specific requirements for admission, visit www.ceas.ku.edu/degrees, or contact Ayako Mizumura, Assistant Director of CEAS, by email (ceasma@ku.edu) or call 785-864-1478. You can also download our program flyer (PDF) Please share this information with your friends, colleagues and students! We are looking forward to hearing from you.

KU Works for Kansas: A Free Undergraduate Study Tour of Japan

CEAS conducted a Kakehashi Project-Bridge for Tomorrow study tour to Japan for 23 students from colleges and universities throughout Kansas in summer 2014. The tour, which was funded by the Japan Foundation and led by CEAS members Maggie Childs (core faculty) and Nancy Hope (staff), visited selected sites in Tokyo and Shizuoka June 23rd - July 3rd.  For more about the Project, view the video, the itinerary, or excerpts from participant reports. This fall, the Kansas students will make presentations about Japan at local elementary and secondary schools, while CEAS will host 23 students from Shizuoka University who are visiting KU in early spring as part of their Kakehashi tour of America.  

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