Bridging Troubled Waters: China, Japan, and Maritime Order in the East China Sea
James Manicom. Washington, DC: Georgetown University Press, 2014. 280 pp. Notes. Index. Bibliography. $32.95.
Reviewed by James Holmes
James Manicom (research fellow at the Centre for International Governance Innovation, Waterloo, Ontario) has founded a nifty volume on a premise mariners will find intuitively obvious. Namely, that conflict and war are not foreordained. People have a choice. Countries that compete furiously in one area can cooperate in undertakings such as maritime counterterrorism and counterproliferation. China and Japan can, say, send flotillas to the U.S. Navy’s RIMPAC maneuvers even while they remain at loggerheads in home waters.