The Quasi-War in East Asia: China's Dispute with Japan Over the Ryukyu (Liu-Ch'iu) Islands and Its Global Implications

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"The Sino-Japanese dispute over the Ryukyu (Liu-ch'iu or Liuqiu) Islands is an important academic subject but has so far received little attention from scholars in the Western world. The present exhaustive study, by using a multi-archival and multi-lingual approach, uncovers for the first time the inner and full story of one of the most complicated and controversial diplomatic issues in modern East Asia. The dispute arose because both China and Japan laid claim to the Ryukyu Islands based on different grounds, leading to ...

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