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Japan's Relations With China

Facing a Rising Power, 1st Edition

Edited by Peng Er Lam


244 pages

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The essays in this collection examine Sino-Japanese political relations given the phenomenon of ‘a rising China and a stagnating Japan’. Questioning whether their relationship is one of cooperation or conflict, the book reviews China and Japan’s bilateral ties to see whether they have deepened and broadened despite differences in outlook, national interest and political systems.

Adding a new perspective to the Sino-Japanese political relations discussion, the book looks beyond the interactions of central governments to examine the role of NGOs, local governments and sub-regional linkages. The contributors adopt a range of analytical approaches and explore case studies including the Taiwan issue, Japanese Official Development Policy towards China and joint fishery management in the East China Sea. With perspectives from the US, Russia and Malaysia, the book yields new insights into this complex and multifaceted relationship and is a welcome addition to the current literature.


'Japan's Relations With China' is a collection of essays that incorporates the insights of Chinese, Japanese and outside thinkers.' - Emily Parker, Far Eastern Economic Review

'This book offers food for thought.' - Far Eastern Economic Review

'Lam Peng Er's edited volume makes a significant contribution to our knowledge of Japan's relations with China and of East Asian international relations.' -- Ming Wan, Journal of Japanese Studies, 2008

Table of Contents

1. The Shifting Nature of Japan-China Relations after the Cold War 2. Domestic Sources of Japan’s Policy Towards China 3. Japanese Writings on Post-1945 Japan-China Relations 4. National Mythmaking and the Problems of History in Sino-Japanese Relations 5. Japanese ODA Policy toward China: The New Agenda 6. The Taiwan Factor in Japan-China Relations 7. Forging New Bilateral Relations: Japan's Sub-National Governments in China 8. Building Yellow Sea Bridges 9. Japanese NGOs in China 10. Deputy and Débutante: The New Geometry of East Asia 11. Sino-Japanese Relations: A Malaysian Perspective 12. Sino-Japan Relations in the Russian Shadow

About the Editor

Lam Peng Er is Senior Research Fellow at the East Asian Institute, National University of Singapore.

About the Series

The University of Sheffield/Routledge Japanese Studies Series

This well-established series with one of the pre-eminent institutions for Japanese Studies in Europe publishes cutting-edge research and authoritative introductory texts on modern Japan and the Japanese. Editorial policy encourages leading and promising younger scholars to contribute especially social scientific analysis on a wide range of Japan-related subjects.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
POLITICAL SCIENCE / International Relations / General
POLITICAL SCIENCE / International Relations / Diplomacy
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Ethnic Studies / General