Chutian Zhou

Born in Shanghai, China, Chutian Zhou is now pursing his Master’s Degree at the School of Global Policy and Strategy, UC San Diego with the career track on international politics and a regional specialization in China as a first year graduate student. He holds a double degree in journalism and finance prior to coming to the United States. Several internships in newspapers Chutian has taken during his college years enable him to grasp the idea of what is going on in China, and deepen his knowledge about Chinese politics. Now in GPS, Chutian is also the online content director of the Journal of International Policy Solutions. He believes that his interdisciplinary background of journalism, finance and political science will well prepare him for a JD degree and a more significant involvement in the legal profession after graduation, a career he is now considering.

Co-Presenter: Fan Wang

Fan Wang is a first year student in Master of International Affairs program in the School of Global Police and Strategy in University of California, San Diego focusing on  China and Public Policy. He was born and raised in Dalian, China and received Bachelor of Art in Economics in Shanghai University. Prior to his study in GPS, he worked in several NGOs in Shanghai to improve the general welfare of migrate students in Shanghai. He wants to combine the advanced quantatitive method learnt in GPS with the current situation in China to figure out  a better development way for China.

Abstract

“Rockiness and Fruitlessness: China-Japan Dispute over the Chunxiao Gas Field in the East China Sea”

China-Japan relations have been considered vital but also complicated in East Asia for decades. The interdependence of these two world economies cannot conceal the fact that China and Japan are now experiencing an escalation of disputes over a series of issues in the East China Sea. Among them, the dispute over the Chunxiao gas field is probably the most critical that politicians from both countries find difficult to reach a win-win solution because it involves China and Japan’s almost irreconcilable territorial disputes over the Diaoyu/Senkaku Islands, suspicion of each other’s maritime strategy, increasing interests in seabed gas/oil deposits in the East China Sea and most importantly, political mistrust.

The leaders of China and Japan have been trying to push two giants closer. In June, 2008, after a long period of rocky negotiations, they finally made an achievement. The 2008 Chinese-Japanese agreement to jointly develop hydrocarbon deposits in a section of the East China Sea emerged. However, though significant, the 2008 agreement cannot be defined as a victory for both countries; China continues exploiting the Chunxiao gas field unilaterally while the Japanese administration still holds a tough stance on the dispute.

The paper includes three sections. The first section outlines the whole paper. The second section explores the backgrounds of China and Japan’s energy consumptions and the Chunxiao gas field dispute, analyzes the causes of the dispute and discusses its current situation. The third section looks forward in time, concluding that the prospect of the issue is pessimistic.

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