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Is my rival’s rival a friend? Popular third-party perceptions of territorial disputes in East Asia

Horesh, Niv; Kim, Hyun Jin; Mauch, Peter; Sullivan, Jonathan


Niv Horesh

Hyun Jin Kim

Peter Mauch


This article examines how China's rise and increasing tensions with Japan are portrayed by South Korean bloggers. The deterioration in relations between China and Japan over the last two years generally projects onto the ways and means by which China's rise is portrayed in South Korea. Since Korea's relations with both its more populous neighbours have been historically fraught, and since it is also implicated in various territorial disputes with both countries, determining Korean sensibilities is an important way of gauging shifts in public opinion across the region. Although the conservative political establishments in both South Korea and Japan might see China as a constant threat, South Korean and Japanese netizens still popularly view each other with suspicion. By contrast, popular perceptions of the China threat in either country can be swayed by escalation of territorial disputes these two US allies still have with one another


Horesh, N., Kim, H. J., Mauch, P., & Sullivan, J. (2014). Is my rival’s rival a friend? Popular third-party perceptions of territorial disputes in East Asia. Copenhagen Journal of Asian Studies, 32(1),

Journal Article Type Article
Publication Date Jan 1, 2014
Deposit Date May 18, 2015
Publicly Available Date May 18, 2015
Journal Copenhagen Journal of Asian Studies
Print ISSN 1395-4199
Electronic ISSN 1395-4199
Publisher Handelshoejskolen i Koebenhavn (Copenhagen Business School)
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 32
Issue 1
Keywords nationalism, media, Sino–Japanese relations, Sino–Korean relations
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