2016-2017 China Debate Resources
This year high school and middle school debaters across the United States will be talking about China. The National Speech and Debate Association's 2016-2017 Policy Debate Topic is "Resolved: The United States federal government should substantially increase its economic and/or diplomatic engagement with the People’s Republic of China."
We have already been doing classroom visits to provide background and context on this topic to area debaters. If you are a debate teacher in the Lawrence-Kansas City-Topeka area, and are interested in scheduling a classroom visit, contact Randi Hacker at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more background on this subject, you can also download and view this Powerpoint presentation, prepared by Megan Greene, Associate Professor of Chinese History at the University of Kansas, which has links to many helpful source materials.
You can also review the materials below from the 2014-2015 debate topic on oceans, which provides background material on territorial issues in the Pacific.
Resources on Oceans, from 2014-2015 Debate Topic
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.
We've compiled some links to online resources specifically for high school debaters, who addressed this topic during the 2014-2015 academic year, but also for anyone who wants to better understand ocean issues in these parts of the world.
- Below you'll find Resources for Oceans and East Asia compiled by the KU Center for East Asian Studies (CEAS).
- Also check out these Resources on Russia and the Arctic compiled by the KU Center for Russian, East European and Eurasian Studies (CREES.)
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
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
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.