This book casts doubt on many prevailing assumptions about the complex relationship between Japan and China. Based on ten years of research in the United States, China, and Japan, the author argues that the relationship is now more dispute-prone but manageable politically, and that the twto countries are more integrated economically than in prior years. Military uncertainty persists, however, and depsite increased contact between the two nations' governments, the relationship between China and Japan remains cool.
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With the passing of the “friendship generation” and the increase in (mostly negative) societal participation in the late 1980s, the governments of China and Japan have found it increasingly difficult to navigate between the constraints and possibilities in their relationship. Based on ten years’ research in the United States, China, and Japan, this book argues that the relationship is politically now dispute-prone, cyclical, and downward-trending but manageable; militarily uncertain; economically integrating; psychologically closer in people-to-people contact yet more distant. The author develops measures of political interaction, trade, foreign direct investment, tourism, and student exchanges, and casts doubt on many prevailing assumptions about Sino-Japanese relations.
“This work is highly important. Sino-Japanese relations are becoming increasingly problematic and have profound implications for Asian and global security and stability. Ming Wan’s work presents a wealth of empirical material in a clear and readable fashion, with an analytical argument that is sophisticated and subtle.”—Mike Mochizuki, George Washington University
“This book advances well beyond existing publications in its breadth of coverage of Sino-Japanese relations and in its depth of understanding of how and why they have been changing. It is exceptionally balanced, drawing on unprecedented research into both Chinese and Japanese reasoning and combining the two effectively.”—Gil Rozman, Princeton University
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