Todd Henry argues that it is the “increasing symbolic stakes” which drive the escalation of rivalry between China and Japan over the Senkaku/Diaoyu islands. See “More Significance than Value: Explaining Developments in the Sino-Japanese Contest Over the Senkaku/Diaoyu Islands” in the Texas National Security Review.
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David Envall is a Fellow / Senior Lecturer in the Department of International Relations, Coral Bell School of Asia Pacific Affairs, at The Australian National University. View all posts by hdpenvall