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Dokdo Island: A Case Study in Asia's Maritime Disputes

Jul 26, 2015 | 13:01 GMT
An aerial view of the remote islands.
An aerial view of the remote islands disputed with Japan, known as Dokdo in Korea and Takeshima in Japan, in the Sea of Japan (East Sea) on August 10, 2012.
(DONG-A ILBO/AFP/GettyImages)

When water is the organizing principle of the continent, the question of who owns an island, rock or reef -- and even of who is allowed to name a body of water -- takes on national strategic significance. And the posturing surrounding these kinds of claims can shape the fates of nations....

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