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1st Edition

The Ever-Changing Sino-Japanese Rivalry

ISBN 9781138389038
Published July 2, 2019 by Routledge
140 Pages

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Book Description

What explains the ebb and flow of the Sino-Japanese rivalry? Why do the two states sometimes choose to escalate or de-escalate the rivalry? Does domestic politics play a role?

Examining the historic and contemporary relationship between China and Japan through the lens of the interstate rivalry literature, Streich analyzes two periods of Sino-Japanese rivalry and the reasons for their ever-changing nature. He looks both at how rivalry theory can help us to understand the relationship between the two countries and how this relationship can in turn inform rivalry theory. His results find that domestic politics and expected costs play a large role in determining when each state decides when to escalate, de-escalate, or maintain the status quo.

This book is an essential guide to understanding the historical development and contemporary status of the Sino-Japanese rivalry.

Table of Contents


List of figures and tables

List of abbreviations

1. Rivalry in Sino-Japanese Relations

2. Rivalry Outbidding and Expected Costs

3. The Sino-Japanese Rivalry in the 19th Century

4. The Sino-Japanese Rivalry in the Early 20th Century

5. The Contemporary Sino-Japanese Rivalry

6. Analysis and Conclusion


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Philip Streich is currently serving as Associate Professor at Osaka University, where he teaches and conducts research on politics and international relations. He is the author of several articles on international relations and foreign policy and the co-author, with David Mislan, of Weird IR (2018). He has been teaching since 2015 in the School of Human Sciences, a multidisciplinary, social sciences-focused department located on Osaka’s Suita Campus. Dr. Streich has also taught at Haverford College, Pomona College, and Rutgers University. He earned his PhD in political science from Rutgers in 2010.