Between early 1978 and late 1980, power relationships in the Pacific region underwent historic transformation. Deng-Xiaoping, re-emerging as a key leader in the People's Republic of China, demonstrated pragmatism in domestic and foreign policy. Beijing negotiated a Peace and Friendship Treaty with Japan, apparently opening an era of Sino-Japanese economic cooperation. Moscow viewed this development with alarm, fearing it would lead to a three-way alliance including the United States. Meanwhile, Japan foreswore any military significance in closer links with the PRC, but by succumbing to the Chinese demand for inclusion of a treaty clause denouncing Soviet hegemony, became an involuntary participant in the Sino-Soviet conflict.
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Westview Replica Editions -- Introduction -- The Regional Environment: America’s New Asian Strategy -- The Japan-China Treaty of Peace and Friendship -- Japan’s China Tilt -- China and Japan: Diplomatic, Economic and Military Relations -- Soviet Reactions to the Treaty -- The Sino-Soviet Conflict Widens -- U.S.-China Rapprochement and Japan -- Japan’s Security and the United States -- Defense and the Japanese State
Robert E. Bedeski studied Chinese in Taiwan and received a Ph.D. in political science at the University of California, Berkeley. This book was written while Professor Bedeski was a research fellow of the Japan Foundation at the National Defense College in Tokyo. Currently a professor of political science at Carleton University in Ottawa, he is the author of <i>State-Building in Modern China: The Kuomintang in the Prewar Period</i>.